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[TowerTalk] help me make a decision

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Subject: [TowerTalk] help me make a decision
From: (Pete Smith)
Date: Thu Feb 27 17:10:21 2003
At 05:36 PM 2/27/03 -0400, Carl Smidt wrote:
>Go for the SteppIR at 70 feet and it will out do your large tri-bander at
>100 feet, no contest.

Whoah there.  There are way too many variables in the equation to make such 
a categorical statement. Take-off angle, target area, band, all need to be 
taken into account.  The SteppIR at 70 feet will make a fine WARC antenna, 
no doubt, as would the T-10.  The big tribander at 100 ft (KT-36XA, Bruce?) 
will beat it into Europe from Arizona most of the time, though.

I guess I'd be a little concerned if I was running a fussy amp into the 
T-10, because there are frequencies where its SWR is relatively high.  On 
the other hand, I don't think anyone yet knows enough about the long-term 
durability of the SteppIR in high sun, high-temperature environments like 
Bruce's.  I dunno if Bruce is thinking of it also as a second radio antenna 
for contesting, in which case the retune time *might* be an issue.

73, Pete N4ZR

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