I'd bet that the manuals for many amateur antennas are indeed copies of
copies, and a master copy in digital format probably never existed in
the first place. In those cases, the manufacturers probably feel it
just isn't worth their time ... or they don't have the resources ... to
go back and recreate the manual for existing products.
I think a similar situation may exist regarding web sites. Until
recently the SteppIR web site was a tragic mess that I personally found
very irritating to navigate, but they clearly decided it was worth the
effort to clean it up and their new format is quite attractive and
effective. M2 and OptiBeam have orderly and informative web sites.
Force 12, on the other hand, has a horrible web site that just keeps
getting worse. All of those companies make fine antennas but there
appears to be a difference in attitude and focus, or more probably,
Kenneth D. Grimm, K4XL wrote:
> Barry wrote:
>> The manuals don't help much, anyway. Instructions are vague and the
>> pictures are really pitiful - they look like copies of copies of
>> copies. Hopefully the new owner(s) will use these comments constructively.
>> Barry W2UP
> Ain't it the truth! Compared to some of the latest version SteppIR
> manuals, the Force 12 manuals are "uninspiring." The SteppIR manuals
> are available for downloading from the SteppIR web site, are in full
> color, with clear and detailed photographs and have been revised
> occasionally to take advantage of different and better ways of building
> and operating the antennas. The difference in the business philosophies
> of the two sets of owners comes across very clearly in the policies they
> have adopted regarding their manuals. Nevertheless, some of the Force
> 12 antennas are killers and I do appreciate the wide variety of antennas
> that they have put on the market.
> Ken, K4XL
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