I'm not sure that linear loading is as efficient as some manufactures claim
and some models require a lot of adjusting of the linear loading wires for
the antenna to perform properly. I personally prefer a loading coil and
when looking for a small 2el beam for P40A, I choose the OptiBeam OB2-40.
The coils are massive, the antenna is well constructed and easy to put
together. My second choice (actually first choice if budget ruled out the
OptiBeam) would be the Cushcraft XM240.
Subject: [TowerTalk] Shorty 40
From: Greg Clark <email@example.com>
Reply-to: Greg Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 05:29:38 -0700 (PDT)
I'm in the process of rebuilding my station and am in need of a 2 ele 40m
In the past I had an old 40-2CD by Cushcraft on the tower.
In shopping around I have looked at:
Force 12 (new and old linear loading designs)
The Optibeam looks nice but is out of my budget.
-The XM240's are kinda hard to find - all on backorder at most of the major
shops in the US as of the end of last week. Not sure if this has anything
do with the company recently being purchased??
-Force 12 has a 4-6 week lead time (even with that quote it's "iffy" as to
it will arrive).
-M2 - I couldn't find a direct link on their site for a 2 ele version any
longer, so I don't even know if they are still available as I have not
the factory yet. Anyone know if they still make a 2 ele 40m yagi?
-As for Hy-Gain - well - I just don't see many of these yagis - are they
poor of a performer? We had one at the WM5G multi years ago - I don't
much about it. I can get one of these in a reasonable amount of time but
want to be wasting my money and time.
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