>From a marketing perspective, a loaded antenna would
make more sense than a full sized one. More of us are
fighting issues with turning radius and antenna appearance,
as population density increases.
While I grant you that many would like a full sized 40,
the reality is that I can't turn one here...and I couldn't
turn one in Vermont when I had three acres. In fact, I spent
close to two grand removing trees so I could turn a CC 402CD.
Consequently, I'd suspect the SteppIR guys would see greater
return on their investment with a loaded antenna. Possibly
2 elements for 40/30, on the same boom as 3 elements for 20-6.
That way, you'd have some reasonable element spacings.
24' boom would be about right.
And, in answer to N2TK's comments about 40/15 interaction...
there would be none, Tony. Just retract what you're not using.
In VT, I kept all elements retracted whenever not in use, just
in case one of the trees got aggressive. :) It wasn't a burden.
There was one comment about band change time. It IS true that
it takes a bit longer to switch bands than single band antennas
would. In a fully automated environment, my rig and amp move and
tune in 1 second. The antenna takes another 10-15 seconds, depending
on how big a frequency jump you make.
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