[TowerTalk] Antenna comparisons

Christopher J Galbraith cgalbrai at umich.edu
Thu Jun 29 00:55:08 EDT 2006

Hi Allen, group,

We are also considering a similar group of antennas.  Here are some
thoughts, pros, cons:

SteppIR 4-element, 10-20m:  Highest gain (by 2.5 dB at most), highest cost,
good reliability based on users' reports (only on the market for 2 years,
though), 30/40m kit (new) adds a rotatable dipole for these bands (about
$600 for this optional add-on).  Other features, especially good for
contesting, include (1) the ability to create a bi-directional pattern, and
(2) flip your azimuth direction 180 degrees without rotating the antenna.

Tennadyne T-11 (or similar LPDA):  Gain in between 2- and 3-element
Yagi-Ida, 2.5 dB down from SteppIR, mechanically robust (no traps or moving
parts), gets good reviews from users

Hygain big Yagi-Uda (THxx):  Gain likely midway between LPDA and 4-element
SteppIR, mechanically complex and heavy, may require replacement parts and
service (trap covers) in several years, quality of Hygain products is
rumored to have decreased since the company was purchased by MFJ

We ruled out a Hygain, or other multiband Yagi-Udas that use traps and
focused on the SteppIR vs. LPDA debate.  In the end, we were willing to
spend extra money on the SteppIR in large part due to the new 30/40m
rotatable dipole option as well as the additional contest-minded features.
But, if the extra money was not available, I believe we would have been very
happy with the LPDA.  After all, 2.5 dB is not quite 1/2 an S-unit, which is
barely noticeable most of the time.

73, Chris KA8WFC

*Between these two options, another issue is out-of-band interference
rejection.  An LPDA is matched well and has a nice pattern over a wide
bandwidth.  So, a close-by interferer within the antenna's bandwidth (14-30
MHz, maybe a bit higher) will put a strong signal on your RX front-end.  The
SteppIR, on the other hand, resonates on a relatively narrow bandwidth
(usually a bit smaller than the amateur band you are operating in) and
rejects most other frequencies, acting much like a bandpass filter.  So, the
SteppIR has an advantage for multi-band contesting setups.  It should make
one's receiving system more immune to interference from out-of-band signals.
On the other hand, a $50 bandpass filter on your RX will do the same thing.

-----Original Message-----
From: towertalk-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Allen R. Brier
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 9:23 PM
To: 'Chuck O'Neal'; 'Tower Talk Reflector'
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna comparisons

My main interests are Contesting and DXing. I am looking for the best
performance in terms of gain. My favorite band is 10 meters (of course, when
there are spots!) I am looking for an antenna that will cover 20-10
including the WARC bands. I am undecided what I will use for 30/40 meters.
What other parameters should I include?

Allen Ross Brier, N5XZ SET
BriTech Systems Incorporated
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1515 Windloch Lane
Richmond, Texas 77469-2553
(281) 342-1590
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-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck O'Neal [mailto:cdoneal at comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:18 PM
To: britech at earthlink.net; 'Tower Talk Reflector'
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna comparisons

This is an impossible question to answer unless you provide us with what
your operating requirements and expectations are.

Each of these antennas will outperform the others in specific areas.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Allen R. Brier" <britech at earthlink.net>
To: "'Tower Talk Reflector'" <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:08 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Antenna comparisons

> I am trying to decide between three antenna types: the 4 el SteppIR, the
> T-11 Log Periodic and a TH-11 (or similar antenna). I would like to know
> your suggestions, recommendations and experiences with these antennas and
> especially comparisons between them. I plan to put it up approx 75 feet.
> Allen Ross Brier, N5XZ
> Richmond, Texas 77469-2553
> (281) 342-1590
> (281) 342-0940 (FAX)
> (713) 705-4801 (Cell)
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