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RE: [BULK] - Re: [TowerTalk] New antenna system

To: 'Floyd Sense' <>,
Subject: RE: [BULK] - Re: [TowerTalk] New antenna system
From: Steve Katz <>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 09:47:32 -0800
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Floyd, at least the "warts" you discussed here are software issues that can
likely be resolved with a firmware upgrade -- without the need to climb any
towers!   That's acceptable to me, and to most.  Microsoft has released
stuff after years of development that still didn't work right.  I'd rather
have software "issues" than hardware ones....-WB2WIK/6

"Nobody needs more than 640k!" -Bill Gates, 1982

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Floyd Sense []
> Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 3:26 PM
> To:
> Subject:      [BULK] - Re: [TowerTalk] New antenna system
> Well, as a new SteppIR owner, I can't resist inserting myself into this 
> "lovefest".  While the SteppIR is certainly a good product and their 
> customer service is indeed first-rate, it seems to me that a cult has 
> developed around the SteppIR that doesn't tolerate any negative comments
> or 
> thoughts.  When I obtain a new product, I usually try to learn as much as 
> possible about how it works and what its limitations are - and there are 
> always limitations.  Reading the comments on this forum would lead one to 
> believe that there are none with the SteppIR, but that would be incorrect.
> When checking out my new 3 element SteppIR, I noticed that the SWR was 
> higher at one point on one band than elsewhere.  So, I used the controller
> function to change the length of the driven element to reduce the SWR and 
> sure enough, that worked just as expected.  So then I thought - why not do
> the same for the driven element on all the segments of all the "antennas"
> in 
> the controller.  In doing that, I found that the controller software is
> not 
> capable of storing all those changes to just one element per "antenna".
> If 
> you are a real modeler/experimenter figuring to play around with different
> antenna definitions, how many experimental antennas can you configure and 
> store?  Apparently, not many - a known problem in the software (known to
> FM, 
> not to you).  Researching this problem led me to another after chatting
> with 
> FM support.  Oddly enough, the antenna dimensions FOR THE EXACT SAME 
> FREQUENCY IN THE EXACT SAME BAND are DIFFERENT when you are in "Amateur" 
> mode vs. "General Freq" mode.  What's more, the dimensions for at least
> one 
> point on one band are better in the Amateur mode than in the General mode.
> So what?  Well, if you're using the PC or your rig to control the SteppIR 
> frequency, you MUST run the controller in General mode.
> When I asked a related question on the SteppIR Yahoo forum, one wag 
> explained to me that a .3 dB difference is insignificant.  It certainly is
> to me, but I'll bet it isn't to you if you're interested in implementing 
> your modeling results.
> The SteppIR has a few other "warts" that you won't read about, but no need
> to go into them here.  I'm just amazed that it took this long for someone
> to 
> come up with this revolutionary design at an affordable price.  But my 
> amazement doesn't blind me to the shortcomings.
> Just to keep to the purpose of this reflector, my new SteppIR sits on top
> of 
> a guyed Rohn 25 and all of the new and used pieces/parts of the tower 
> installation were obtained from folks on this reflector.
> K8AC 
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