"The F/B on the Hex is not great"
It is adequate for what it is, a 2 element shortened wire beam. However, it
still has better FB than a Steppir on 10M <grin>.
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of W0MU Mike Fatchett
Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2011 6:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Cost effective Tower height
The Hex is a 2 element antenna. We used one at J6 and from there it was
more than adequate. It was similar to a 2 element SteppIR. If you
could get a 3 or 4 element beam I think you would be happier. The F/B
on the Hex is not great. They are nearly as expensive as a SteppIR but
you have invested a lot of money in a crankup why not splurge a bit and
get a better antenna. If you want something on 6m either get a
monobander from M2 or a STeppIR with the 6m passive elements. The
SteppIR works great on 6-20 or 30/40 so you can have 6-40 on one antenna.
W0MU-1 CC Cluster w0mu.net
On 12/3/2011 4:30 PM, email@example.com wrote:
> Wayne, the ridge should give you additional gain especially in the area
that slopes away from your antenna site and that is a good thing.
> If I were you I'd consider using a beam with more gain than the HEX. The
HEX is a wonderful antenna but gain and pattern are not its strong points.
> If you do use the HEX beam I'd suggest not ordering it with the 6m element
because it is nearly ussless compared to even a small 3 element yagi.
> If you are ordering the HEX with the 6m wire you must be interested in
that band and it is a wonderful band so you may seriously want to consider
starting with a good 6m Yagi like the one from M2 -- still small enough to
be light and still have a low wind load yet be much more effective compared
to the HEX 6m element --- you won't regret the upgrade to a real 6m yagi
once the 6m season starts or even now when folks are working ZLs on 6m via
> If you go with the HEX, the M2 6m Yagi will fit nicely at the base of the
mast just above the rotor.
> Regards, John NA6L
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wayne Crawford<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: towertalk<email@example.com>
> Sent: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 8:41 am
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Cost effective Tower height
> One of the parameters mentioned here has been towers on flat ground. What
> oes unlevel ground/elevation have on this? I live in the Mtn.s of VA. My
> levation is appox. 1400 ft and I live on top of a ridge that has a clear
> egree view of the area. There are some ridges in view that are above my
> levation but they are far enough away that they should not be a factor. I
> n the process of installing a 72ft free standing (US tower TX-472) crank
> ith a 10 ft mast. Antenna will be a multiband Hex 20m-6m. The only close
> bsticle (Across the road from my tower) is a Water tank that is 32ft high.
> Thoughts? Advice?
> Wayne C.
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