Sad day now no steppIR in the uk

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by G0WYD, Sep 5, 2020.

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  1. G0WYD

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    Well as far as i can tell SteppIR is no longer going to be supported by anyone in the UK, being a user and i have to say a (lover ) of the antenna systems that make i am rather disappointed that its coming to an end,

    I even asked them if they would be interested in me being the contact point in the UK ? I am not a dealer but with the amount of tax we pay here for imported stuff it could have made sense for them to have a UK based representative to try and support they users / current owners of steppIR units in the uk,

    I have the 2E and OptimizIR controller myself but I constantly get asked what i think of it by other radio users, nd i tell them the un-bridled truth and my thought, they cant be beaten IMO: but now with the lack of sales and support in the uk and the stupid high taxes we pay steppIR in the uk will become a thing of the past,

    I wish i had the backing and funds to keep this fine antenna system on the market for the UK hams but it has or soon will be coming to an end, i will enjoy my antenna system and hope to god that i have no issues as i think ill struggle to get parts at a decent price to enable me to keep using it on the air,

    Regards to steppIR and thank you for a great product,

    Bob G0WYD
     
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  2. G0WYD

    G0WYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Any UK stations out there who can confirm if there are any uk retailers for the steppIR antennas.

    Bob.
     
  3. AE1N

    AE1N Ham Member QRZ Page

    SteppIR antennas are overrated anyway
     
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  4. MM0LQF

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    Aren't Nevada down in Portsmouth, the UK dealer for their gear still?

    I was looking at their 3el 40-6m yagi on their site some weeks ago.
     
  5. G0WYD

    G0WYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mike is only selling what he has left in stock,

    I have been talking the steppIR in the US asking if they need a stock holder in the UK as i would be willing to be that person but it seems they are not interested in doing so, a sad day really as i have the 2 element and the new OptimizIR costing over £1000 with it and its a cracking antenna. The costs of shipping from the USA is massive and then the tax on it at this end kills the antennas and their spares, so to have a stock here to me would make sense but it seems to be not worth it to steppIR.

    What a shame, but thats business and as you would expect with the UK being a very small market for them its possibly not worth worrying about,

    Bob.
     
  6. MI0GTA

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    Is it a case of Brexit bites UK Armature Radio in the ass
     
  7. 2E0TTQ

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    The decline in value of Sterling relative to the Dollar won't have helped but the market for the product is so tiny it doesn't really make a difference, however sad it is for SteppIR owners. UK amateurs in the round have probably been hurt far more by the surges in copper prices (which have nothing to do with Brexit outside of exchange rate factors).
     
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  8. MI0GTA

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    Not just the surge in copper prices....
    Have you seen the prices of a used rig from a UK dealer lately

    Dick Turpin had the decency and wore a mask
     
  9. 2E0TTQ

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    The dealers would argue though that there isn't much second-hand stock about and what they have is turning over, so it's a genuine market price. I don't really get why people take quite a small saving over a new rig, especially at the bottom and middle of the range where there is real "compression" of the price differential. I suppose when there is some scarcity of new HF radios people who "fancy a change" or novelty will pay a premium. I wonder how many IC705s will actually end up on rugged mountain tops or doing POTA/WWFF and how manywill be sitting in shacks tethered to amplifiers, albeit sitting there looking very pretty. Edit: and equally, how many of them end up on the second-hand shelves at not much of a markdown!
     
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  10. G8EAD

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    Hi Bob, have the company replied to you?
     

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