*Note: Telescoping towers have one more advantage: They can be height
optimized for the band and conditions. Sometimes 60' is way too tall to
work close-in DX on 10 meters, and 30' works better. With a retracting
tower, you can accomplish that in a minute. With a fixed tower, you cannot.
Not necessarily. With a fixed tower you can stack antennas, including
tribanders. Not only do you get 2-3 db more gain, but you get the abiltity
to use BIP/BOP/TOP/BOT to accomodate different angles of radiation. Plus,
you get the extra benefit of having the abiltity to use radiate in two
different directions...and you don't have to worry about cranking the tower
up and down.