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From: "Jim Chaggaris" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 22:44:45 -0600
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"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>.

Best Regards,

Jim N9WW

James Chaggaris
PowerOne Corp./PowerOne Environmental
1020 Cedar Avenue
Suite 203
St. Charles, IL 60174
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-----Original Message-----
[] 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.

Mike W0MU

W0MU-1 CC Cluster

On 12/3/2011 4:30 PM, 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<>
> To: towertalk<>
> Sent: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 8:41 am
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Cost effective Tower height
> Greetings,
> 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.
> V4L
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