I know this is an apples vs oranges comparison but nonetheless this is where I am.
I have a SteppIR Big IR with 48 radials and it is a very good performer - lots of DX, at least when the bands are open
. Generally, if I hear them I work them. In many cases I transmit better than receive and added punch on receive is where I suspect the hex beam may shine.
I am seriously considering the addition of a broad band hex beam covering 20-10. By the time all would be complete this would not be a cheap project - easily over $1000. My main question is whether I would get enough bang for the buck to be worthwhile. I know the hex beam would be better but would it be, oh wow better, or incrementally better?
There is also the neighborhood factor. I live in a deed restricted community. I have permission for both antennas but whereas the vertical has received no negative comments I would be very surprised if the hex beam doesn't. Once again, if there is sufficient improvement I will shrug off any comments.
Opinions are great and I appreciate all but I would most like to hear from anyone who has used both.