SteppIR is basically three entrepreneurs, who now have more orders than
they can handle. Elecraft is two entrepreneurs who are likewise enjoying
success. I have purchased from both of these companies, and find that
their attitude and customer service is light years ahead of the
megabucks companies. I am semi-retired, and have dipped my toe into the
entrepreneurial market with some success. My latest offering is featured
in the current issue of QEX.
Which brings me to intelectual property rights. Someone can copy my
design and compete with me, I guess, but publishing the design gets me
some valuable exposure. It is also very hard for a startup guy to fight
patent infringement anyway. I have a lawyer/engineer friend who says
that a patent only gives you the right to sue... it doesn't give you the
means to do so.
Jim Lux wrote:
>At 12:11 PM 1/4/2006, kd4e wrote:
>>My suggestion was that a business owner who found
>>himself unable to locate a buyer might choose to
>>make a donation to a non-profit as a tax write-off
>>rather than have the technology disappear from the
>>I respect intellectual property and while it would
>>seem selfish to hoard it (given no probablity of sale
>>by oneself or to another) that is the right of its
>>The percentage of turnkey system ops vs those who
>>build their own antennas and gear appears to be
>Is it really? I'd venture that back in the days, there were a fair number
>of turnkey ops.
>And these days, a lot of the building is spread out over more
>disciplines. Lots of folks writing DSP code, for instance. Or building
>microwave/2.4 GHz antennas.
>It's true that there's fewer "tinkering with yagi" kinds of articles (or
>manufacturers), but that might just be because Yagi technology (especially
>with modern modeling tools) is fairly mature. Those self same tools
>prevent someone from claiming that they have a miraculous new design with
>10 dB more gain.
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