[TowerTalk] Full Sized 40M Yagi Sources

Bill Fisher - W4AN w4an@contesting.com
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 11:21:32 -0500 (EST)

I thought I would summarize what I have found so far.  I have not made a 
decision as of yet.

1.  M2 - Makes a 3 element full sized yagi on a 4" boom with 3" center 
elements.  Rated for 125MPH survival.  Weighs 350lbs or so.  Cost $2500  
They have also offered to custom build a yagi on a 3" boom with survival 
to 100MPH for the same price.  It's more work for them to custom make an 
antenna, thus the price.  

2.  F12 - Doesn't offer a full sized 40M yagi but I have been talking 
with Tom about a custom job using the parts of the elements he uses for 
the EF80 80M rotary dipole.  Price not determined yet.

3.  DX Engineering - Bill is out of the antenna business but is still 
doing switches and phasing boxes.  He did say that he would build a 40M 
yagi since it did not require the insulators that he used on all his 
other yagis (that became expensive).  Cost: $2500   He is not doing it 
full time any more and said that I would have to be patient with delivery.

4.  Texas Towers - Sells the aluminum and Gerald offered to help me with 
the design of the elements and the boom.  

It's amazing to me that nobody sells a full sized 3 element 40M yagi that 
isn't a custom job, oversized job, or part time job.  I know it's a 
limited market, but there are more people making 2 element 80M solutions 
than they are 3el full sized 40M solutions. 

I think each of these sources have their positives and negatives.  I 
can't say which is best.  I would say this is an individual decision and 
I would suggest doing your own research on the subject.


Bill, W4AN

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