I *REALLY* want to see the 4el 6-80!! Not that I could afford the
antenna, or the land it would shade.
jim Jarvis wrote:
> Looks for all the world like a contravention of the SteppIR patent,
> although I haven't
> researched it to be sure. There appear to be some mechanical
> improvements over
> the Mertel brothers' design, but an awful lot is simply a copy.
> There is flattery, and then there is thievery. The question is
> whether there's enough
> money at stake for the Mertels to challenge this ripoff.
> Curiously, I still have my engineering notebook from 1975, signed
> and witnessed,
> which describes this antenna. The moving elements were the easy
> part. Control was
> the economic block. It was the availability of PIC controllers
> which made it
> feasible as a commercial product.
> I suppose if one could go to the trouble of creating a replica of a
> dead sea scroll, or
> the shroud of Turin, one could create an engineering notebook
> documenting prior
> design and protection under italian law. Or, maybe it really exists.
> One certainty: At EU1600, I'm not buying one!
> Jim Jarvis, MBA
> President-Executive Coach
> The Morse Group, LLC
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