Would it be possible to locate the SteppIR controller at the base of
the tower and remotely control the controller itself from the shack?
I think there are software programs that allow you to control the
controller via computer. You could have a computer at the base of the
tower connected to the SteppIR controller. The computer could then be
remotely connected to a computer in the shack via ethernet cable,
WiFi, or whatever.
I'd consider something like this before I gave up on that dream 150' tower :-)
Can I visit sometime? :-) :-) I sure love Hawaii!
On 6/18/07, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
> Bill, I would be very concerned about using a 650' control cable for this
> antenna after reading about all of AH6FC's problems with a four element
> SteppIR and a 500' cable. You'll need the factory to assure you that this
> antenna is designed to work with such a long cable before purchasing it and
> shipping it to Hawaii.
> John KK9A
> To: TOWERTALK@contesting.com
> Subject: [TowerTalk] SteppIR problem...size wires? ala KH6
> From: k4xs
> Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 02:32:36 EDT
> List-post: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I have been following this thread with great interest.....
> My house out here in KH6 should be finished by July and I hope to get my
> tower up after that. My permit has been approved for a 150 footer. The
> problem is in order to get it to that height approved by the county I had
> position the tower about 500 feet from the house. (long story...the
> in the building dept are afraid of it falling over sideways exactly 150 ft)
> Loss is not too big a problem since I plan on using 7/8 inch Heliax.
> However, I am planning to run three SteppIRs...two 4 el and one MonstIR at
> 29, 56 and 90+ feet in phase, with a smaller tribander (maybe an A-3 or
> whatever I can scrape up and a M2 for 40 at 150 ft.
> My question is this...what gauge wire is SteppIR selling for their longer
> runs? I have a bunch of very nice stuff (rat shack with braided cable
> thousand feet, packed away somewhere in boxes I plan on using).
> I could bring the tower closer to the house but that would mean shrinking
> progressively as it gets closer to the house, since the lot is kinda wedge
> shaped and get narrower where the house is.
> Bill KH7XS/K4XS
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