[VHFcontesting] In response to Joe, N4JBK

Jim Worsham w4kxy at bellsouth.net
Sun Apr 14 00:43:52 EDT 2013

I agree.  The W4NH contest team have used various single long boom yagis for 
years on 6.  We started using a stacked pair of 5 element homebrew beams 
several years ago.  If you look at the June and September contest results 
for the past several years you will see that we have been a force to be 
reckoned with on 6.

Jim, W4KXY

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Lindholm" <w1xx at cox.net>
To: <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:13 AM
Subject: [VHFcontesting] In response to Joe, N4JBK

> In response to Joe, N4JBK who needs to replace his storm damaged antennas:
> Wow.I did not realize there were any other C3i antenna fans still around.
> With a choice between a single long boom antenna vs. a shorter stacked 
> pair,
> I'll take the stack anytime.  Easier to handle, mechanically more sound, 
> no
> boom support struts, wider-angle flashlight beams to be heard when not
> exactly pointed correctly, less susceptible to storm damage, etc.  Having
> contest mountain-topped successfully for several years in the 1990's and
> early 2000's.I tried both arrangement in both multi and single-op
> operations.  Two stacked antennas is better.  I followed that same theme
> when I went fixed in 2006 (Rhode Island FN41ej) with a pair of C3i C6-50's
> at 50 and 70 feet, and 2x C3i FO-12's at 100 and 110 feet on a rotating
> tower.  The C3i 50 MHz antenna is a 6 element.whereas if you go to 7 you
> need a boom support strut. At the time, Terry, K4RX did an EZNEC analysis
> for me - including a comparison to another make - and he was most 
> impressed
> with the results.confirmed by my 8 years of flawless operation.
> Incidentally, I incurred my first winter storm damage this year from
> Blizzard Nemo (and from Hurricane Sandy in 2012).but only to my 2-element 
> 40
> meter M2 Yagi - soon to taken down and replaced.  I might add a nostalgic
> note that I also had the benefit of using the prototype close-spaced C31
> 5-element 6-meter antennas (3 of them) designed and built by K1JX back in
> the day. Hope this may be of some help, Joe. 73!
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