The SteppIR antennas are great performers when working. I sincerely hope
that SteppIR will use a "beefed up tape, better fitting element tubing,
ehu's, and protection for the drive circuit" as you predict. As-is, there are
too many failures of motors jamming, elements breaking, boots failing, and
Some on TT have estimated the SteppIR failure rate at about 2% during the
first year. But from I've seen, the failure rate is much higher than 2%. Mine
had a defective controller when new and a motor fail at 6 months. Three people
I know (and who did not post a review on eHam Product Reviews) had SteppIR
failures within the first 2 years.
I am not trying to make anyone upset with this post... but that is what I
have observed. I wish SteppIR all the best and plan to continue to use some of
their products ... but I'd like to see improvements to make them more reliable.
In a message dated 11/4/2008 3:37:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> 2. I expect that we will see a beefed up tape, better fitting element
> stronger ehu's, and protection for the drive circuit which will reduce
> failures. And in addition will allow a 2 element 80 Steppir to also
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