SteppIR CrankIR First Tests + News and Update

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA2PV, Sep 2, 2019.

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  1. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello everyone,

    It’s been awhile since I posted a new video online. Here’s some news and update with the SteppIR CrankIR portable antenna first tests.

    During our test operating portable in the park, Robin VA2NRJ and I had the visit of Franck F4IGF who was on vacation in Canada. It was a pleasure to meet him with his wife.

    73 Pascal VA2PV

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  2. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very well spoken guy, but like all ham videos, over half is the ham on camera and in this case the antenna setup part was 2 minutes or less with no explanation of how it goes together. Most hams are much worse because they love their own voices and usually drone on in almost a monotone for minutes at a time.

    This seems like a cool guy and at least I got to see the crankIR. Thanks!!

    If you make videos, do what I too had to learn the hard way:

    1. Minimum time on camera for the ham. Do voice over video or pictures if you have to talk.
    2. Get to the subject of the video in no more than 45-60 seconds into the video.
    3. Hams have short attention spans. Demos should be no more than 5 minutes. If you have more to show, have a part 2.
    4. If you need to do an on video mostly on camera, limit it to 2 minutes.
    5. If you have any product plugs to do, save them till the end, not before or during demonstrations.
    6. Practice before shooting the video. This guy got it right in that he knew what he wanted to say and got it out.
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  3. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    We'll that was a nothing sandwich!!!

    What a waste!! I want my 6 minutes back.

    4 minutes to tell us there's actually no review, because you failed to charge a battery. How dumb! Two thumbs down.

    Note to everyone: do not watch. Do something else instead.
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  4. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    What a switch - the guy who often disses posts offers great advice while another guy pans the video.

    I thought, like most "news" today, it was pretty entertaining if not exactly informative.
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  5. NH7RO

    NH7RO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good dragonfly video.
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  6. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Charles, the next video will be showing the step-by-step assembly. My friend and I are getting more and more familiar setting it up, as we gain experience this will improve the next video. Please take a look at my YouTube channel and check out the SteppIR UrbanBeam video series, I will try to be as details as this one.

    73 Pascal VA2PV
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  7. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    The battery was fully charged but I never tried it out in the field before. After 15 minutes it couldn't keep up with the demands, instead of scrapping the video I decided to post it anyway while providing a few updates. Sorry I wasted your time. 73 Pascal VA2PV
  8. VA2PV

    VA2PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, this is not usually my type of video review, but hope it was entertaining anyway and thanks for watching. 73 Pascal VA2PV
  9. K2SDS

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    I like all of your videos. Thanks for reminding us that like the rest of us, you also have a life that doesn't always revolve around ham radio. I hope you had fun on your vacation with the family. Enjoy the new deck and pool.
  10. W5MIL

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    Very informative and I'd love to have a SmallIR or BigIR antenna as a stealth solution on the roof of my condo. Unfortunately, they are outrageously expensive for what I antenna that remotely retracts when not operating.

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