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[TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 45, Issue 56 (Was: 40m solutions)

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Subject: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 45, Issue 56 (Was: 40m solutions)
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Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 12:24:57 -0400
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Since it appears that you are interested in contesting, why not replace your
WARC antenna with a 40m shorty and continue to use your C31XR.  You probably
will also need a longer mast to get more separation.  You can then use wire
antennas or side mount your WARC antenna for those bands.  You should be
able to do this within your $1500 budget.

John KK9A

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From: Peter Dougherty
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 09:34:56 -0400

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

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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