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Old 03-29-2012, 07:01 PM
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Hello all. I'm looking into getting a beam in the near future. I've been researching and found these two beams. I run a Galaxy dx959 radio and I will be using ssb occasion. I also like the dual polarity capabilities as well. I will be putting the antenna up on a 50-60 ft. tower using a cd 45 rotor. Which beam would you guys use or suggest? Thanks for any info provided.


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Maco I would think would have alittle more gain. Even spaceing and a short boom will cost some gain. And 3 elements vrs 4 are a compromise. A local runs a giz and it talks good but I like maco better. Just my opinion. Im talking a giz vrs a dual polarity maco. Ive been told a 4 element giz talks about like a 3 element yagi. Gizmotchy antennas are built good.

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Broke Spoke, go to BellsCB.com You can get all the info on both beams,you will see that the Giz is a bit better beam with more gain..

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Thanks guys. I have already compared the two antennas on Bells website. I was under the impression that the gizmo was great for dx but lacking performance and harder to achieve a good swr on the vertical side. I read this in a post (not sure what website I read this). The only downside I can see for the gizmo is -7db f to b rejection than the shooting star. The gizmo, however can have the boosters added. I'm leaning toward the gizmo at this point but I will do more research. I'm not going to purchase an antenna unless I'm absolutely sure it is what will work for my needs. Thanks again guys.

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Broke Spoke, go to BellsCB.com You can get all the info on both beams,you will see that the Giz is a bit better beam with more gain..

Tell me how this is possible on a shorter boom? Did they use fairy dust on them. Just because its writen on paper dosent make it true. There is no way either antenna is doing the gain they say they will. But it sells antennas. Most companies do fudge the numbers. My 5 element maco claims 15.5 dbd gain. 9.5 dbd is closer to the truth. This has been talked about before. You can do a search broke spoke. Both antennas are built pretty good. The maco will have more gain. Even element spacing is also not as good for high gain numbers. Do a search on gizmotchy

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If you go Maco, I would highly recommend doing the rope-a-dope on the elements. I didn't on my 4 element, and she sings in the wind.

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If you go Maco, I would highly recommend doing the rope-a-dope on the elements. I didn't on my 4 element, and she sings in the wind.

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Mine sings to me also but talk great too! I can talk ok but I dont sing very well lol. How do you like your 4 element?

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