Here's a thought - is APS still marketing the APS 13? I checked on Google and its not on their web site and another dealer noted that it was no longer available.
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Eric: Just keep in mind that the 13 has a greater wind load area than the 9. While i would think that APS would sell rotors that could be used with the 13 with no problems, if you are in a very windy area or happen to be in a draft pattern, the otherwise "fine" or "marginal" rotor would be pushed beyond its' limits. In such a case, the brake would not hold the rotor in place and you would end up having to re-aim the rotor every now and then. I would specifically mention this aspect of performance with the rotor / antenna combination that you are thinking about prior to purchasing / installing as you've already stated that installation / maintenance may be difficult. Sean
Hi guys, thank you for the responses! To answer your questions:
1. APS suggested that I use the APS-13 because Ed believes I need a very directional antenna to fight multipath to a particular station. I tried a 70" 6-element Radio Shack FM antenna, and got better (acceptable) results than my roof-mounted omni, but still not quite as good as I want. The APS-9 would no doubt be an improvement over the RS antenna -- I think Ed is just playing it safe here. Additional gain isn't the issue, but more tightly focused directionality is.
2. APS does sell a rotor, they have just two choices, one with and one without remote control. I assume they can do the job.
Anyone out there who has used/installed the APS-13?