I've been a ham for roughly 10 years now, and one of the things I picked up
real quick was to take antenna adds with a grain of salt.
When this thread started the Hex Beam caught my attention, and I went to the
web site and checked them out. I'm actually still considering homebrewing
one. I wouldn't pay the asking price for them, even if I could afford it!
As far as performance goes, someone else pointed out that these are a
compromised 2 element yagi. The look very similar to the X beam which is
covered very well on L.B. Cebiks web page. They may even be a "compromised"
On the positive side, they would be very light and have a small foot print.
Which is what I found interesting. They should also be pretty cheap to
If I could put up full sized yagis, or even a good tribander, I probably
wouldn't consider these. But I may yet try one.
Dan Evans N9RLA
Scottsburg, IN 47170
IN-Ham list administrator
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Stan or Patricia Griffiths" <email@example.com>
To: <W8JI@contesting.com>; "Towertalk (E-mail)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Summary: Short Tower and Close Foundation
> I was at a hamfest where the HexBeam was being exhibited. I listened,
> several times, as the owner of the company (and I guess the inventer of
> HexBeam . . .) was talking about it to potential buyers. When there was a
> break in the conversation, I asked about how it looks when modeled on the
> computer. All he could tell me is that, obviously, computer modeling is
> inadequate to show the true performance of the HexBeam since it performs
> much better than predicted by computer modeling. I walked away from that
> discussion with very little confidence in the HexBeam or its inventer . .
> Without a far better explanation than that, I would never invest my
> hard-earned money in one . . .
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