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maco shooting star VS. gizmotchy 4

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by radioreddz, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. radioreddz

    radioreddz W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    been looking into getting a new set of beams. currently I am using a maco Y quad intrested in the maco shooting star or the gizmotchy 4 any comments on these two.


     
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  2. Master Chief

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    It's hard to argue with the reputation of the Gizmotchy. Even Jo-Gunn copied the design with their Star series.

    Still, I'd probably go with Maco's copy of the Moonraker IV. I do not have any personal experience with the Gizmotchy or ANY Jo-Gunn.
     
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  3. RoadWarrior

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    We had a guy here who had up a 4 element Jo-Gunn Star
    series. Which looks like a Gizmotchy.
    He disliked its local performance ability.
    He changed it into a Jo-Gunn conventional 4 element, installed
    in the Verticle position.
    Which would be like a Maco 104.
    He got better local performance.
    DX performance he couldn't tell much difference/ maybe
    alittle better on the Star series.
    My opinion would be to purchase a Maco Shooting Star
    over the Gizmotchy.
     
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  4. Master Chief

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    Once your signal bounces off the ionospere, its polarization is a crap shoot! You can be horizontal and the receiving station could hear you better on the vertical over their horizontal antenna.....or not! You never know!

    As a rule, for shooting DX, it's best to have a horizontal antenna for transmission. Mainly because of how it interacts with the earth. By changing the height of a horizonal antenna above ground (earth), you can change the skip zone you are reaching.

    Having both a horizontal and vertical for RECEIVE will give you the advantage to hear stations that others may miss with only a single polarization antenna.

    My guess why the person was not impressed with the Gizmotchy/Jo-Gunn design locally is becasue these antennas are not true verticals (which we use for local communications). Neither are they true horizontal antennas. But once they "skip", who cares! As I said, it's a crap shoot!
     
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  5. RoadWarrior

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    Yeah your right on the crap shoot. To many things
    a changing to compare antennas for the best DX.
     
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