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Subject: [TowerTalk] If you had a choice
From: Bill Ogden <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:38:40 -0400
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In the discussion of a quad versus a yagi: there is another factor. I had 
a Cubex quad (5 band, 2 element) for several years. It performed very well 
on all bands (with separate feeds via a coax switch for each band)  (and 
did seem quieter than other antennas, although I know there debate whether 
this effect is real). I assume the 4 element version would be even better. 
 However, in my opinion they are much more difficult to work with in a 
physical sense. A quad exists in 3 dimensions whereas a yagi exists in 2 
dimensions.  You can lay the yagi on the ground, for example, but you 
cannot do this with the quad. When maintenance is needed you may have a 
problem --- unless you have long-term access to a "cherry picker" truck or 
something similar.

 I eventually sold mine and went to a yagi (SteppIR).  (It also required 
maintenance, a new motor for the driven element, possibly due to shorted 
control cables, etc.  It was a bit messy, but at least I could lay the 
antenna on the ground to take apart the elements.)

IMO, the quad would win on performance but the yagi wins on maintanance. 
Your choice.


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