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Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 45, Issue 56

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 45, Issue 56
From: Peter Dougherty <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 09:34:56 -0400
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At 09:22 AM 09/12/2006, wrote:
>An increasingly popular single tower solution providing good 
>performance on 40-20-17-15-12-10-6 is a 3 or 4 element SteppIR and a 
>Cushcraft 402CD.  A 30 meter dipole meets the needs of most DXers, 
>or you could use the new SteppIR folded driven element.
>I realize this solution is a good deal different than your current 
>installation, but it provides the major boost in competitiveness you desire.

Well, yeah, that's the best solution but not even close to fitting 
into the cost parameters. In retrospect, I have absolutely no doubt 
that this is the route I should have taken last year when I had the 
chance to put up anything I wanted - a 4el SteppIR is somewhat 
comparable to my C31XR in performance specs (a little less but not 
massively so), but I'd have had the space for a 2-el 40m yagi up 
there for sure. Now, with a $2500 investment in aluminium less than a 
year old, I'd be spending close to $2000 on just the Steppir, plus a 
bigger mast, possibly a larger-capacity rotor and not to mention 
paying an installer easily one if not two full days' labour rates. In 
all, that would probably cost me close to $3500 when all is said and 
done. Maybe if I were looking at competing seriously to win in a 
major contest I'd consider spending that kind of scratch, but to gain 
one extra band???




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