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[TowerTalk] Force - 12 Choice between C3E and C4E

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Force - 12 Choice between C3E and C4E
From: Lee Buller <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 14:10:16 -0800 (PST)
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I am still thinking about replacing my trusty TH6DXX with another antenna this 
spring.  After more than 30 years in the air, it needs to be retired and sold.  
OK, I have been looking at a number of beams (SteppIR, LPDA, etc) and have come 
back for a questions about Force-12 from you Force-12 users.  You can reply to 
me directly so as not to clog up the works here on TT...but there may be others 
out there that would like the information you have.
I am looking at getting a C3E....but.....I would like to have 40 meter coverage 
with the C4E.  That is all the bigger I want to go.  From looking at the 
literature, the C4E has a 40 meter dipole mounted on the boom.  How does that 
antenna play on 40?  I understand that the antenna would play as a C3 on 20 to 
10....but how does it play on 40?  I know there is no gain on the C4E on 40 
meters, but do I get an advantage that is worth it by moving my 40 meter dipole 
antenna that is a 45 feet to where the beam would be at 65 feet?  Does the cost 
justify the expense from a C3E to a C4E.
I like to use 40 for casual CW QSOs....but love the band during a contest.
The answers may be obvious, but I have to get sense of it in my brain.
Lee - K0WA

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