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[TowerTalk] 40 meter Steppir

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Subject: [TowerTalk] 40 meter Steppir
From: "Van Fair" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 21:37:59 -0500
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Maybe a more marketable approach for SteppIr would be to use the current 4 
element design and only change two elements to 40 meter capability and 
eliminate 6 meters to solve mechanical design problems. Maybe price of this 
approach could be a more realistic $2000 to 2500.  Two elements on 40 and 30  
would satisfy the most number of potential customers. A choice of three 
different element spacings available on the 4 element should provide one 
acceptable for a 2 element 40 and even a rotatable dipole on 30 would be an 
upgrade if no spacing would suit 30 meters.  Another  thought is to offer a 
long driven element for 40 and 30 meters with the other 2 or 3 elements 
remaining as they are now, to give a rotatable dipole on 30 and 40. 6 meters 
would probably also have to go to solve mechanical problems but for the next 6 
years 6 meters will not attract much attention anyway. This approach would also 
decrease turning radius which may be a problem for many with a 32 foot boom and 
67 foot long elements. 

How do others feel about the direction FM should go in this area.  I don't now 
own a Steppir but I will buy one as soon as a 40 meter solution is available as 
described above but I am not sure I can handle or want to give up the fourth 
element to go with a 3 element full size 10-40 or pay over $3000 . If that is 
the solution FM decides on then I will probably go with a 4 element and a 
separate smaller 2 element 40 or a rotatable dipole for 40.  It would help me 
make a decision if FM would lets us know as soon as they decide and long before 
it will be avaialable for delivery.  73 Van

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