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Re: [TowerTalk] Comparison between SteppIR andCushcraft Log Periodic?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Comparison between SteppIR andCushcraft Log Periodic?
From: "Julio Peralta" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 07:50:59 -0400
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I have the 4 elem SteppIR with 2 passive 6M elems making it a 6 elem 6M
beam. I also have a 7 elem M2 on a seprate tower. Using 2  6m rigs and
using a local low power 6M beacon I see no difference on my S meters for
either antenna. I would expect the same thing for the 3 elem with the
passive element and a 4 or 5 element 6M beam.

Julio, W4HY 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of mryan001
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 12:48 AM
To: Mike, K6BR; 'Bill Turner';
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Comparison between SteppIR and Cushcraft Log

Anybody have this 3 ele STEPPIR with the extra 6 meter passive element?
If so what is the performance over a stand alone 6 mter beam of equal or
greater size?  just curious... - Thanks..   -Mike

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Mike, K6BR
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 12:28 AM
To: 'Bill Turner';
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Comparison between SteppIR and Cushcraft Log

I'm looking to get a new antenna and would appreciate some comments on
comparing the 3-element SteppIR and the 8-element Cushcraft log

The performance in terms of gain, F/B, bandwidth, SWR, power rating and
beamwidth are close enough to be a wash, so what about the other

Comment:- Front to back on 17 meters is better in my opinion

Here are some of the pros and cons I see:

The Cushcraft is a bit larger and heavier, but has no moving parts.

Comment:- I do not have to worry about Steppir in high winds (and sleep

Both have single line feed and handle full legal power.

Comment:- this is true

The Cushcraft may be prone to causing overload in the RX because it
receives all frequencies in its design bandwidth equally well. The
SteppIR is much more frequency selective. Comments on this would be
Especially welcome.

Comment:- Steppir acts like a mono bander, so that is better, it will be
much quieter.

The SteppIR will do a 180 reverse without turning the antenna, important
for contesting.

Comment:- The 180 is a really nice feature, fast and saves rotator as
well, don't forget the bi-directional mode as well, this work well for
listening off the back while working 59 stations on the front.

The Cushcraft will change bands instantly where the SteppIR takes a few

Comment:- I really do not notice the time, by the time you tune the rig
the antenna is there.

The SteppIR requires a 12-conductor cable and separate controller. The
Cushcraft switching is inherent in the design and requires no separate

Comment:- So what, just another piece of wire

Price: SteppIR is $1395, Cushcraft ASL-2010 is $895.

Comment:- you said money was not an issue

I'm a KISS kind of guy so I'm leaning toward the Cushcraft, but my mind
is not made up. Price is not really that important; I just want
something that will do the job and be reliable.

Comment:- I have had my 3 element up three years and no problems with
reliability , I don't have to worry so much about lightning storms
(retract the elements). The antenna does not seem so prone to rain
static, seem much quieter.  Plus you can get the 40/30 meter option and
work those bands as well.  It does not work half bad on 6 meters either,
a bonus in my opinion.

Mike K6BR

All comments welcome.

73, Bill W6WRT

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