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Review Summary For : SteppIR Tuning Relay
Reviews: 12MSRP: approx $65 as a kit ($95 assembl
A circuit to allow SteppIR Antenna users to disable the PTT line to their amplifier whenever the beam is tuning. This guarantees that the FluidMotion recommendation about applied power while tuning can be adhered to even in the heat of contesting and DX'ing.
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NG7M Rating: 2016-12-03
Why did I wait so long to get one??? Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I'm late to the party on building a SteppIR Tuning Relay. This is an easy kit to build with great instructions from Larry. I had it built and dropped in line with the power to my SDA-100 controller in no time. Very easy to adjust and Larry even has suggested sensitivity position settings for the type of SteppIR antenna you have. In my case, the recommended setting was spot on based upon his adjustment procedure. I will finally stop worrying about running QRO to my SteppIR antenna with the auto tuning setup to the rig.

As I placed the order for the SteepIR tuning realy, Larry has been swamped getting LP-500/700's out the door, but I got a shipping notice for the SteppIR Tuning Relay ASAP and was surprised how quickly Larry got the kit out the door with all the other priorities has at the moment.

Products from Telepost Inc. / N8LP are top notch. Easily a 5 rating start to finish.

Max NG7M
W5PD Rating: 2013-12-13
Great!!! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I purchased two kits for my two SteppIR SDA 100 Controllers. The kits were very easy to build. Good instructions. And best of all, they work great.
N7GCO Rating: 2012-11-28
Excellent addition Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
This is a great safety device. Excellent quality.
W6LAX Rating: 2011-03-27
Life Saver Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This little unit has saved me a number of times when I would have inadvertently sent a KW into the moving elements. Easy to build. Elegant circuit design. A "must have" for any SteppIR.
N8FNR Rating: 2011-03-27
Great product Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Have had it for over a year. It does exactly what it was designed to do which is protect the SteppIR from high power while the antenna is tuning and using an amp.

It was a very easy kit to build and adjust. I would say that anyone with basic soldering skills can assemble it.

This is the second product I purchased from Larry and I have been very pleased. The other is a LP-100 SWR meter.

K2MK Rating: 2008-04-18
A Must-Have for a SteppIR with Amplifier Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I ordered this easy to build kit a while ago but just got my new amp up and running. This is a must-have device. It interrupts the keying line to your amp when the SteppIR is making an adjustment. If you use the transceiver interface with your SteppIR you don't always know when the SteppIR will tune. With a 200 watt limit on your antenna during tuning you certainly don't want to accidentally pump a KW into it.

The Tuning Relay works by sensing the current of the servo motors. There is a one time adjustment to set the trip point which could vary depending on how many motors are in your antenna. After that, it just works invisibly protecting your investment. It takes its power from the SteppIR controller so no additional wall wart is required. It also has a bright red LED that is lit when protection is active. The LED is much more noticeable then the the blinking asterisk on the SteppIR controller.
IW1QN Rating: 2008-04-08
Great Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I have a 3 Elem SteppIR, and I'm very satisfied.
I see on the Net the N8LP SteppIR Tunning Relay.
I Buy this Interface immeditely because is not Expensive.
Arrive from USA and I Assemble.
Very simple and Works very Well.
I Make QSY,but the SteppIR with my Amp in TX, and very Beautiful, the Interface disable the PTT of my 756 ProIII or Ts-2000 to my Amplifier and when Motor of the SteppIR Finish the Interface by N8LP able the PTT and I Continue the Trasmission.
Is very good Interface.
If you have a SteppIR Antenna You MUST Have the N8LP SteppIR Tuning Relay.
K0OK Rating: 2008-03-29
Great Kit - Great Service Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
The kit was shipped the same day I ordered it! The manual is thorough and the kit took about 45 minutes to assemble. The directions are very well written.

If you have a SteppIR, you need this kit!
WN3R Rating: 2006-11-13
Worthwhile addition Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Every SteppIR owner using high power needs one of these. Save mistakes in the heat of the battle.
K8AC Rating: 2004-11-11
Top notch! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Ordered on Monday, received on Wednesday, built the kit and had it installed and working in 90 minutes. Very nice quality board and everything went together easily. As others have said, the red LED indicating the SteppIR is tuning is a very valuable indicator. Good documentation, which you download as a .PDF file.