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Re: [TowerTalk] 4el Steppir vs. OB-16-3

To: "'Tadej Mezek, ve3/s51ta'" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 4el Steppir vs. OB-16-3
From: "Mike Fatchett" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 15:52:55 -0600
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The OB-163 has 8 elements on 10m.  Does not have any elements for 17 or 12.
It is very large.  I believe the SteppIRs do so well because there is not
all that other aluminum sitting out on the antenna. The SteppIR also allows
you to use bi directional mode and flip 180 degrees in just a few seconds.
You can add 30/40 elements to the SteppIR and have 6-40m on one antenna.
This might be good for some.  Others might want separate antennas for SO2R
or separate feedlines like the C31 can provide.

There is no right answer here.  How you operate and your expectations should
be the driving forces in your decision.  

Mike W0MU 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tadej Mezek,
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 3:48 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] 4el Steppir vs. OB-16-3


I know this is an old many times overchewed question (hope it will not be
the same with answers :) ) but still.I've read all previous posts on this
thematic but can not see the whole picture yet. Many talks with no final
conclusions were made, not as clear as for 4el steppir vs. c31xr where we
know who te winner is (4el steppir). I think different presentation of
antenna data (as it was many words about tbhis) should not be the only
reason why conclusions were not made yet. Might be that the antennas are
practically working the same, so it all depends what you are looking for and
which design you like more?

So what are you suggesting? Stacking steppir's or stacking OB16-3?
OB's are hard to rotate on tower if one uses side mount (so ring roto is
must), but there is no mechanical issues regarding motor failiures...

>From what I've heard so far from people arround all except one (which 
>had a
4 el steppir stackw which did not play as he expected) would choose
steppir.....some had OB's B4.

So which antenna would you put on, or you have.

I am looking for arguments which could lead to a final decision!

Let's face opinions


Ted, ve3/s51ta

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