I have a need for a more discrete 900 MHz dual pol antenna. Some of the shorter links we don't need 12 dBi antenna gain but need either a small (like 12x12 inch) panel, or a Yagi shorter than the 3.5 foot one from Cambium. Third party antennas all seem to assume you want bigger and more gain, not smaller and more acceptable to the homeowner. I am trying to replace old Trango 900 MHz which is obsolete but look nice, and getting customers to accept the upgrade to a 42 inch Yagi is tough unless we actually need the gain.
Would it be crazy to just cut down the Cambium Yagi? It has 8 directors, what if we cut off the last 4? I seem to remember people used to do this with some of the single pol yagis that came in 2 bolt-together sections, they would just omit one of the sections to get a smaller, lower gain version. I realize the element sizes would probably not be exactly right, but would it be close enough?
What I'd really like is something no bigger than a TY-900. But of course dual slant, with the SM bracket, and not priced like the TY-900. A panel would also be good, but I can't find one. KP makes one, but it is huge.