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Re: [TowerTalk] SteppIR problem...size wires? ala KH6

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] SteppIR problem...size wires? ala KH6
From: "Kelly Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 13:56:14 -0700
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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, <> 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:
> Subject: [TowerTalk] SteppIR problem...size wires? ala KH6
> From: k4xs
> Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 02:32:36 EDT
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> 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
> only
> problem is in order to get it to that height approved by the county I  had
> to
> position the tower about 500 feet from the house.  (long story...the
> numbnuts
> 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
> (several
> 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
> it
> 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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