My HF antenna is a SteppIR BiggIR with the 80m coil, with 48 radials each 70 feet long. I have been using it since September 2010 and my impression is
very favorable. It is the first vertical antenna I have owned, and I can
only subjectively compare it to my last QTH where I had a Mosley PRO67-C at 100
feet. DX with the SteppIR is just as good, and local (intrastate, e.g.
nets) work is good as well. The noise level is higher than the previous
QTH but whether that can be attributed to the antenna or the location is
unknown. The SteppIR is
easy to adjust (tune), as I added radials (starting with 24 in 2010 and up to 48
now) making adjustments to the controller using my
analyzer was a breeze. Running in 3/4 mode on 15 meters and higher has a
positive effect on received signal. I like the fact that it can be
"cranked down" by homing the element when there are storms nearby. All in
all, while it's entirely subjective I would say that it does an excellent job
with DX (my favorite HF activity) and having had the tower at the previous QTH,
I do not feel that I have given anything up (on HF) with the new SteppIR
A closeup of the LJE radial plate. I won the plate as a door prize at Hamcom
several years ago. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a radial
plate. I appreciate the way the screws easily tighten down on the ring connectors. I used (mostly) 14 gauge radial wire and the 6 inch metal staples
from DX Engineering, and would recommend them. LMR600 coax feeds the
antenna from the SPGP, about a 150 foot run underground.
A look at the single point ground panel for the antenna and weather station
cables. The ground is bonded to the electric service panel ground with 1 1/2"
The 1 1/2" copper strap runs under the slab with 8' ground rods spaced 16'
apart, to the electric service panel ground. It was nice to be able to
take advantage of building a home, to be able to allow for some good grounding.