Interested to find out if any contesters using the SteppIR 3 element find
that the QSY time between bands is too objectionable. I found out from
SteppIR that from 20 to 15 the time is about 9 seconds and from 20 to 10 it
is 12 seconds. Since this will be my only antenna for those bands it appears
that QSY in contests is not very swift. Thoughts?
Dick, I ran fully automated, and would operate by 'point and click on the
bandmap'. I tended not to jump bands that often...and didn't find the
10 to 15 second wait objectionable, when I did. It's certainly no longer
than switching the antenna and amp, and retuning, and probably less, even
with preset tuning positions. The difference is...you can take a bite of
sandwich and swig of coffee in those 10 seconds, rather than having to
set things up.
The ability to switch direction by 180 degrees, quickly, and not having
to turn the antenna as much, seemed to add more value than band change delay
might take away.
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