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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 18:53:32 EST
In a message dated 1/29/02 12:23:31 PM Pacific Standard Time, RLVZ writes:

> I would be interested in the new Triband Report including a SOMMER antenna.

    Several people have asked but I doubt that we'll test one - it's just 
another big tribander. Personally I think it's overly complex mechanically 
but don't know if that's a significant problem (except during assembly - hi).

    Here's the deal as far as my impression with antennas in general and the 
Sommer in particular: If it was a high performance antenna, contestors would 
be using it and they're not. Contest stations are interested in maximum 
performance and they only use those antennas that provide it. 

    While there are station owners who like the Sommer's performance, they 
usually don't have anything to compare it to so of course it works FB. Or 
they may be suffering from Mosley Syndrome where "I paid lots of money for it 
therefore it must work great". 
>  Was going to install a Force 19 but after seeing how flimsy the elements 
> were decided it was too light duty for a coastal area.  (though it's rated 
> 100 mph)

    See, there you go making decisions without all the facts. All Force 12 
antennas are put through K7NV's Yagi Stress and they WILL make the survival 
claims dispite your personal conclusion. F12 antenna failures have been in 
the element and element clamp rivets - not element failure. Each of these 
failure modes is easy to correct during assembly. They also seem to take some 
ice loading without damage.
>  I'd love to see you continue the Tribander comparison reports!

    We have left out the smaller and newer antennas and that's what we'd like 
to do for the third edition. 

Steve    K7LXC
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