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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by musky1963, Jul 31, 2005.
If you could find the spec's on a Maco 6 element then check the boom length and it maybe fairly close the M.R. 6 element.
How's that old saying go......."bigger is better"!?
Whoops..got to go, Montana skip coming in.
Which is better? DEPENDS!
(NOTE: IV = 4 ; VI = 6)
I have owned both of these antennas. For my money, I wouldn't look any further than the Moonraker IV. The VI is only an extended version of the IV, with more weight.
You can download the manuals for both here:
The Moonraker VI is a big, long antenna. They should have used a larger boom! A minimum of a 2" at least. The fiberglass boom supports break over a period of time. The hardware to secure these fiberglass rods are also a nightmare. I threw mine away and used Phillystran to support the boom. Once up, the Moonraker VI worked great, but what a nightmare! Mechanically, it is inferior to the Moonraker IV.
This is not to say that it is a bad antenna. Performance wise, the VI performs as advertised. But in the end, you have a big antenna fed with a gamma match (lossy). You could do better!
I would ask, what do you want a Moonraker VI for? Would you be better off with a flat 6 or a flat 7?
My argument in favor of the Moonraker IV over the VI are as follows:
1. Smaller and lighter; easier to put up!
2. Easier to turn!
3. Performs excellent for both local (vertical) and skip
4. Does not have the bulky boom supports!
5. Mechanically superior to the VI! (same parts, less stress)
So, the VI does perform better than the IV, but not enough to overcome its shortcomings; in MY opinion. Both are great antennas!
Alot less trouble and the gain isn't that much more.
Good Luck on whatever you decide.
I would go with the 4 - less weight, wind load and turning radius, and not that much less gain - as stated above. If you are in a hot spot instead of a dead spot and your whole setup from antenna to radio is done right - you will love that MoonRaker4... You won't have to go with a medium duty rotor with the 4 either, just a light duty rotor will work. I know a guy that has a M/R4 up about 60' using Aluminum poles and a tv antenna rotor, all well guyed of course. That antenna has been up for 3 years with no problems.
I have had both antennas.The six is a little more work to keep it in the air, but the test that we ran back in the early eighties the six left the four in the dust.The front to back ratio was great on the six, I could turn it sideways to the local stations here and drop them right off of the map.When it came around to the back I had very little signal on them.I got out of the radio business for about 15 years, so I sold everything that I had.To me the six would be the way to go.