I have had a 3el SteppIR beam since FD 2001, where it
was put up and taken down and moved to N7WA QTH for
use, then dismantled again and moved to my present QTH
in December 2002.
Like others, each time there has appeared to be a
problem, whether it was assembly at FD 2001 or most
recently an intermittent coax problem, the SteppIR
guys have been just tremendous about supporting their
product. Even delivering a fiberglass pole on the off
chance that one was messed up - turned out someone
didn't understand how collapsible fiberglass poles
worked at that first FD.
In each case (three) there has been absolutely nothing
wrong with the SteppIR antenna.
If for no other reason than SteppIR/Fluidmotion sees
customer support as paramount, I would recommend their
antennas; forget about the Bi-directional and Reverse
modes, the fact their antennas operate as a
mono-bander on each band and the SWR/Gain/FB are set
for whatever the frequency is, among other pluses.
On the negative side they are a bit expensive, however
as soon as I save up the pennies to buy another
SteppIR, I will buy one to put on tower Nr. 2 of my
mini contest station.
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