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[TowerTalk] SteppIR for C31XR

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Subject: [TowerTalk] SteppIR for C31XR
From: "StellarCAT" <>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 07:37:31 -0700
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I have 3 C31's in a stack... they work quite well I must say. I 
have low vswr on all 3 (well when I don't have interactions on 
10 and 15 from the guys)... I have never had a Steppir so I 
cannot comment on its performance - I know that it has god-like 
qualities by some on the air but when all is said and done it is 
just a beam. I suspect if they were side by side (separated 
horizontally C31 - 3elStepp) their performance would be similar 
on 20... on 15 the C31 might be a little more noticeable... on 
10 the C31 is probably 1/2 an s-unit stronger (a good share of 
receivers today having about 4db/s-unit). Not enough in and of 
itself to select one over the other and the additional features 
of the SteppIR provide further justification for it... in your 
situation I doubt the SteppIR will ever be better - or stated 
differently the higher antenna will in most cases be better 
simply due to angle of radiation - whatever the lower antenna is 
(within reason). My choices were based mainly on cost but also 
high up on my hit-list was the worry of failure - I don't climb 
and finding someone that does is impossible anymore without 
paying $100+/hr.... thus I really did not want something that 
might fail. Their service seems excellent with people getting 
replacement motors overnighted etc - but if the antenna did not 
fail in the first place it would not be necessary! I overheard 
someone on the air a few nights ago talking of their (or a 
friends - I forget) experience with 2 of these... both failed 
due to lightning hits - both were repaired readily - both 
required a crane! I am sure these are the exceptions although it 
is not the first time I have heard of it - but I did not want to 
be in that category.

I will say one thing - I saw one of these a couple months ago - 
the Monstirr... I was VERY impressed by how well it is made!



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