If your focus is the 20, 15 and 10 meter ‘Contest Bands,’ have limited antenna space and want the highest possible performance for size (the boom is scarcely 10 feet long!) there is nothing better than the all new 6 element XR3, one of the new for 2014 upgrades of our famous C-3 line
We’ve sold thousands of C-3 Yagis over the years – its “multi monoband” performance revolutionized multiband Yagi design and does daily DX duty at thousands of stations around the world. Due to the success of the C-3 we didn’t take replacing it lightly: “why fix what’s not broken?” However, after improving the bandwidth, structural integrity and shortening the boom (as well as adding 6 meters to the XR4 and 17, 12 and 6 meters to the XR6 models) and reviewing the stellar new performance metrics we decided it was time to retire the venerable C-3, C-19XR, 4BA and XR-5 models to make room for a new generation of high performance, small footprint multi-monoband Yagis – the New XR Series. A lot of BOOM from short booms!
If you need an even smaller footprint select the Reduced Size Capacitive Loaded 20m Elements option (XR3-C). The XR3-C shrinks the 20m elements from approximately 38 to 29 feet using a mechanically and electromagnetically superior capacitive loading system (superior to linear and inductive ‘coil’ loading techniques) and is otherwise identical to the XR3 with essentially no sacrifice in performance.
Note that the boom-to-mast bracket system and balun are sold separately on all XR Series antennas. Many of our customers already have a viable bracket on hand so this saves them money, other customers are using “ring rotator’ systems (like the new AlfaSpid BIG-RING) or rotator towers which don’t require such bracketing and on top of that there are a variety of mast sizes to accomodate and differing environment considerations. Likewise with Baluns, Force 12 sells a variety of baluns that are suitable for XR Series use and many customers already have baluns on hand.
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