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Lighting 8 (Signal Engineering) Vs Maco 108

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by gunsmoke241, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. gunsmoke241

    gunsmoke241 Member

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    I'm looking to purchase the Lighting 8 antenna in the near future,but I'm also torn between maco 108, lighting 8 or even one the 8 Element Joe Gunns. I would like some honest pros and cons. Any good recommendations?????


     
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  2. Master Chief

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    The quad will require more maintenance over time. Jo-Gunn is overrated. Out of the three, your best bang for the buck is the Maco.

    I wouldn't own any of them personally. I'd hold out for Jay's Crusader beam!
     
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  3. gunsmoke241

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    how much maintenance are we talking about?? The Quad is the better gain overall yes??
     
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  4. Marconi

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    Right off the bat an 8 element has to be a real challenge in construction, upkeep, durability, and tuning. You really have to consider the weather in the area you live in to justify one of these.

    The SE Quad has been well discussed and by most accounts is a very effective operator if built and tuned correctly, but the kit materials used leave a lot to be desired.

    The Maco no longer slots their tubing and that is a negative, but for the most part is more durable than the SE Quad.

    Jay’s antenna on the other hand will likely be as good as it gets in these regards, but operations have not been tested as best I know. I have heard rumors, but that is all thus far. I think one operator on this forum has one of Jay’s beams, but has thus far made no comments.

    They will all have a problem with rotor support since they are so large. These are not projects for beginners or the faint of heart.
     
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  5. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    i say none of those listed yet..

    instead go with steppir 2 - 3 or 4 element beam

    www.steppir.com
     
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  6. Master Chief

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    I've seen the SteppIr mentioned a number of times out here. This is a foolish antenna for anyone to use specifically for CB. It is expensive and not for the novice operator.

    Yes, the SteppIr is an excellent antenna, but not optimized or recommended for CB use.

    For less than half that price, you can buy a modified version of the M2 10M7 which is contest proven and well constructed.
    http://www.m2inc.com/products/hf/10m/10m7.html
     
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  7. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    yes i realise that..

    my point is for people to use a good antenna..

    people who know quality antenna reconise steppir advantages
    ofcourse it is way to much for simple 11 meter use..

    also the M2 antenna you mentioned is far better then the junk antennas typiclly mentioned..

    it seems not enough people realise (or if they do they dont put it to practice)
    that the anenna is likly the most importent part of ones system.
    followed then by feedline-coax and then finally the radio

    Later
     
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