There is some politic involved as well with respect to the BetterRF vs. the Lil Tarheel issue. I won't go into detail here, but the real problem is not what it appears to be.
If you set up the BetterRF correctly, it will work with about 90% of the remotely tuned HF antennas out there. It will not work those which use a slip clutch or interrupted thread to protect the motor. This includes all Alpines, and early GS units. It will work correctly with any motor current from 40 mils, up to 4.5 amps. The Lil Tarheel is on the lower end of this range, drawing 60 mils. This requires following the BetterRF instructions to the letter. The only antennas I know of that are close to the extreme high end are Larry's Antennas. If the contact sleeve is adjusted correctly, it works fine with them too. You can even make it automatically retune when the SWR gets over 2:1, or you QSY over 100 kHz, by setting the 7000's auto-tune menu correctly. You can make the Turbo Tuner do this too, but is isn't as reliable doing so as the BetterRF unit is.
Period! The biggest single issue is proper choking of the motor leads and reed switch leads (if used). No one supplies a motor lead choke with a enough impedance. They might be adequate to protect the controller from RF damage, but RFI can and does cause all sorts of other maladies, some of which aren't noticed, or are blamed on some other "thing". If users realized how much RFI ingress there is, due to incorrectly choked motor leads, we wouldn't be having this discussion.
Alan Applegate, KØBG