[TowerTalk] Quad vs SteppIR
abowen at nettally.com
Mon Aug 30 17:57:50 EDT 2004
I took down my Lightning Bolt quad, which had been on a 70 ft tower for 9
years. I replaced it with the 3 el SteppIR.
The first thing I noticed on 20M, was that I had to point the antenna in
the direction I wanted to talk instead of just aiming it north and covering
a 90+ degree swath. As soon as I tried 17 and 15M, I knew something was
working better. Perhaps some of the apparent difference was due to the feed
system of the quad. I don't know and at this point, don't care. I call:
they come back.
The other bands, 12 and 10 M, have not been open when I am active, so no
I felt that I was reasonably competitive with the quad, or I would have
changed antennas sooner. I feel that I have made a significant improvement,
both transmitting and receiving, with the SteppIR.
I never did have a wire failure with this quad. I had yearly problems with
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