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Re: [TowerTalk] SteppIR - A plea

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] SteppIR - A plea
From: "Ken Kinyon" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 08:59:31 -0600
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I am guessing this post will do no good, but it is worth a try. I finally signed
off of the SteppIR mail list (with an emotional outburst of my own ;)), because
I tired of the emotional exchanges that take place when any negative comments,
or anything that could possible be interpreted as negative, are made.  After I
dropped from the list, I received direct email from a couple of the other
members telling me that they refuse to post any of their questions or problems
there because of the subsequent abuse they receive.  I would be nice if on this
list someone could post an opinion either pro or con, with out someone else
feeling it is necessary to set them straight.  I have owned a 3 element SteppIR
for over four years.  In my opinion it is  the best solution performance wise
for my city lot.  However in that time, I have replaced six elements on a 3
element beam.  That doesn't include the one removed to upgrade to the 30/40
meter dipole.  However, I have kept the antenna for two reasons.  The company
(SteppIR) paid for all of them including the last three that were beyond my
extended warrantee that I had purchased.  This was because the last failures
were caused by a design problem in the controller. The other reason I am keeping
it is because I have a crank up tower and when it is down, I can stand on my
gently sloping roof and work on it.  I am always on the look out for a non
mechanical (no moving parts) replacement that would give comparable performance
(on 40 - 10) in the same foot print, but haven't found one.
Anyway here is my plea, let us not turn this list into a pro/con SteppIR flame
fest.  There is already one of those.
Ken W7TS
P.S. I have already been informed by a couple SteppIR list members, that the
only way I could have had that many failures was if I didn't know what I was
doing, so don't bother to go there.
PPS. I will go back to sleep now. ;<)


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