Anyone have experience with a Steppir Antenna?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by KB4MNG, Jul 7, 2013.

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  1. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was really considering one until I spoke to a ham in VA. He stated he had one, worked great, except for the little motors. Once they got some age on them, they started failing. He repaired his several times and ended up scrapping the antenna when he had $3K in the antenna:( He probably had an early version. Has anyone heard of problems like this?
  2. KC7YRA

    KC7YRA Ham Member Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Yes, it seems fairly common. I had looked VERY hard at a Steppir and almost pulled the trigger.

    My hold up was/is that my tower is fixed and the beam can only be moved by a crane. If I had a tilt over or another way to access the beam, I would have taken the chance. For all of the motor problems, most folks report that Steppir is very good at sending replacements.

    So for me, if I had an easy way to change them, I would have gotten the Steppir. Since I did not, I went with a more traditional beam.


  3. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    A few club members have them & say they are expensive and worth it. $3k less than retail price for a big Steppir. Or was that repair cost (which sounds extraordinarily high)? They sell reconditioned EHU for $185 now.
  4. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have owned 3el close to 10 years now, seems to work as advertised. Any multi-band antenna is a compromise for example you can change the element lengths but not the spacing which would take the antenna to the next level. They may have that in mind not checked their site lately.
  5. K7GQ

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    I've owned a 3EL for 11 years now and have had only one problem which necessitated working on the antenna - a plastic cone-shaped tip came off of one of the Beryllium tapes which caused it to jam in the fiberglass tube. That's far less problems than the A-3S that I used to use and had to come down at least every other year.

    Rebuilt motorized assemblies (EHU's) are available and trade-in credit is given for ones sent in making a change-out pretty inexpensive.
  6. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    He said the original price plus repair cost....
  7. W7JZE

    W7JZE QRZ Lifetime Member #84 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I didn't know that... Not sure I'd want to be handling that very much. I know the tapes are inside fiberglass(?) tubes and not normally handled at all. I hope the action of the motor driving sprockets on the tape doesn't lead to metal dust accumulation inside the tubes Smilie QRZ 100%-OMG Scared Big Eyes Smile.jpg . Have you ever noticed that when changing out the EHUs?


    • Do the tubes come with that Be tape already "assembled" inside the tubes or does the radio-operator install the tapes during antenna installation at their station?
    • Are there any special disposal requirements when necessary to finally do so?

    This has been one of my "dream antennas" on my antenna bucket-list Smilie QRZ 100%-Yellow Happy Face Smile.jpg , but I was not aware of the Be. Thanks for the info.
  8. WB2WIK

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    The tapes are BeCu (beryllium copper) alloy, mostly copper. The electronic industry has been using this material for a very long time, all over the place.

    I wouldn't worry about that "hazard," as there isn't any. The "risk" is that since there are moving parts within the antenna, they can break -- and sometimes they do.
  9. W7JZE

    W7JZE QRZ Lifetime Member #84 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    AHhhh... Thanks, Steve.
  10. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have not owned one but read others talk about increasing the failure in areas that have freezing winters .
    Especially ice locking it up and then trying to move .
    But then that is bad for everything , storm large.jpg
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