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[Towertalk] Need Antenna Advice!

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Subject: [Towertalk] Need Antenna Advice!
From: (Kelly Taylor)
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 14:57:17 -0500

First step? To what end? Motorized booms and elements to achieve what?
Higher after-sale profits?

This all seems like a move to make antennas more complicated than they need
to be in a bid to increase margins and after-sale parts business. There are
some fine-performing antennas in the SteppIR's weight class that have no
moving parts and much less chance of failure. And that cost a lot less than
the SteppIR.

Perhaps the SteppIR extracts a little more gain, or a little more F/B. I
don't know. But knowing there's a limit to how far any 3-ele beam can be
pushed, I'm not sure it's worth the cost of increased price, increased
complexity and increased odds of failure.

If you like the SteppIR idea, fine. Buy one.

I don't mean to impugn the reputation of the company that builds the
SteppIR. I'm sure they are all fine, upstanding folk.

I just don't see the point.

73, kelly

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl -K8AV-" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2002 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Need Antenna Advice!

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> > The SteppIR 3L Yagi has a 16 ft boom.
> > This corresponds to 0.46 WL on 10M,
>    0.34 WL on 15M,
>    0.23 WL on 20M.
> > The SteppIR can be optimized for each band
> > given it's FIXED boomlength, but remember that
> > for full optimization ALL parameters (including
> > Boomlength) must be varied.
> Is there any antenna made today you can vary the boom length on ?
> > This is NOT the case with the SteppIR antenna.
> Nor with any antenna.  At least with the SteppIR you can vary the element
> lengths for all five of the bands it covers.
> ( 10-12-15-17-20 )(plus 6 meters)
>  On 20M, it's F/B can be made to be near optimum.  On 15M,
> > it can achieve good gain and intermediate F/B,
> > on 10M it can achieve good gain but LOW F/B
> > as originally stated.
> I think the SteppIR is the first step in the right direction in a
transition of
> antenna's!  Down the road I'm sure will come boom length adjustment.
> 73,
> Carl
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