On 4 Nov 2003 Jim Jarvis wrote:
> W2UP's reluctance to adopt the new technology notwithstanding,
> I had my 3 el SteppIR up through last winter in Vermont. Snow,
> Ice, -20F. Performed flawlessly. My rotor failed,though, and
> the 180degree flip mode allowed me to work without one for most
> >From my perspective, there is no other beam I'd own, unless I was
> going with single band stacks on multiple towers. My wife
> assembled the fiberglass tubes IN THE LIVING ROOM, while watching
> television. First time in 35 years she's helped with a radio
> project, and her comment was..."Gee, this stuff is really clean.
> and it looks good, too".
> The stepper motor technology is well proven. The fit and finish
> of the SteppIR product is exemplary. And the best part is...you
> don't have to fool around, empirically diddling the antenna to get
> the best vswr compromise....pattern and f/b be damned. It's literally
> put it up, and either forget it, or program the beam as you'd like
> it to be. We literally assembled it and put it on the tower in a
> total of two hours elapsed time. I've never had that happen before,
> in >40 years of hamming.
> Now that we've moved, mine is waiting for a tower. But one of the
> bigger questions is.... 4 el or a stack of 3's?
> Jim Jarvis
I'm all for new technology. So, in answer to your question, get the 4
el, and use a Stepptower. That way the tower will go up and down to
find the optimum height as the antenna tunes itself.
Barry Kutner, W2UP Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newtown, PA Frankford Radio Club
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