[TowerTalk] Antenna Selection Assistance

wa5zup wa5zup at msn.com
Tue Jul 29 07:58:43 EDT 2008

What is wrong with this picture?
Good ole Skip needs to turn his radio off and take that antenna down before
more damage is done!
It was a boot failure.  Which means, more than likely, that rest of the
boots are in similar condition.
I would be in panic mode.  I just can not imagine, with such a simple
installation, of leaving something like that up there very long.
How old is this antenna?  Is it out of warranty?

-----Original Message-----
From: towertalk-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Matthew Steven
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 7:57 PM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna Selection Assistance

Since I've been called out as potentially dishonest, and I happened to
be over at Skip's tonight,   I snapped a picture of his SteppIR.


I also got to see the element laying in the yard, the rubber boot had
torn completely off and the fiberglass tube just fell.  I spoke to him
about it again to get his side of things straight.  Skip has emailed
them twice, had his request misunderstood the first time and
completely ignored the second time.  So this great customer service
you are all talking about passed him by.

But on the bright side, he does still manage to make contacts with it like


On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 10:53 PM, John Sheeley <wb4qda at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Put up the 3 element Steppir you will never regret it .Mine has been up
for 5 1/2 years. I needed  to replace a chip in my steppir control a couple
of years ago  . I called Steppir and had the chip in 3 days They Have been
very helpful when ever I called them  I think rumors with no callsign or
anything to back them  are unacceptable . IE some local ham
> 73
> John wb4qda
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: AI1P Matt Steven <KD0BVK at gmail.com>
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 4:28:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna Selection Assistance
> An anecdote on the SteppIR since it came up a few times- a local ham had
> half an element simply fall off of his, pulling the metal strip out and
> leaving him with a 2 1/2 element beam and an un-retractable metal strip
> flapping in the wind.
> When he inquired as to the possibility of getting replacement parts to
> fix it he was pretty much ignored.  It's getting to be something of a
> running joke around here how he's not able to get customer service at
> all for this.
> Failures can be forgiven but the inability to fix one due to nonexistent
> customer service and hard to find parts rules that one out for this ham.
> I really like my old A3S for the record.
> 73
> ai1p
>> W1KSZ Wrote:
>> If you could put up only ONE antenna to cover 20 to 10 Mtrs (including
>> WARC), what would you select ?
>> The antenna will go on top of an LM-470.
> _______________________________________________
> _______________________________________________
> TowerTalk mailing list
> TowerTalk at contesting.com
> http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/towertalk

TowerTalk mailing list
TowerTalk at contesting.com

More information about the TowerTalk mailing list