In preparation for 8Q7 operation, i am trying to figure out what to take along without breaking the bank.
I have read that for 80-20m, the vertical will do well (opens and closes the band as compared to a horizontal antenna).
For 12/10m, i read that a horizontal antenna will do better at say 15-20ft near the beach.
I have the HF9V on hand, but may have to shell out some doe for the Steppir.
Pros of HF9V : Light weight, no band switching headaches
Cons of HF9V: Tuning might be a headache even with an analyzer, esp standing in the water
Limited bandwidth on 80m. But not an issue, since will take 2 HF9V's instead of 1
for each of the 2 stations and tune for cw and ssb parts of the band.
Pros of BigIr : Easy tuning
Cons of BigIr: Price, need to carry the EHU and control cable, does not have 80m(extra $)
1) Just how much better will the BigIr be over the HF9V on 40-20m?
2) Can i just run say 2 radials cut for 80m, leave it in the salt water and
adjust the tuning and expect a killer performance?
3) I have looked at the SVDA's.It appears that we need to carry multiples of
these to cover all bands. Would prefer to switch bands from the shack
rather. A bit more than a 100lb expedition, but cannot afford a container
4) For higher bands 12/10/6m, i have a 2ele steppir+40m trombone that i normally
carry. I am thinking if a hexbeam would be better. The weight difference
is about 10-15lbs. While the hex is lighter, the steppir has 180/bi-dir modes
and also adds 30/40m coverage for short haul, that could be a skip for the vertical.
To top it off, i have the steppir yagi(in VU), but need to buy the hexbeam which is about $400
and is not too bad a price.