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The SteppIR Team: Dedicated to Your Success

At SteppIR we aren’t just manufacturers of antenna systems – we are users as well! As you can see below with our core leadership team we have been in the ham industry for a long time and expect even better things in the future. But we aren’t alone: we are supported by a wonderful manufacturing team, finance, operations and HR team, and more. It’s a team effort to bring you the best and most innovative antennas around.

Our Team

John Mertel

John Mertel – WA7IR

CEO & Founder

Following his sale of Fluidmotion Inc., a company founded by John in 1994, John then co-founded and helped build SteppIR into what it is today! As COO, John led our sales, operations, engineering, and manufacturing personnel for the first phase of our growth from 2001 – 2013.  After spending four years as President of intentional3D, he returned to acquire SteppIR from Mike Mertel, with a vision towards taking the company to the next level of development.  John is our fearless leader and is leading the charge to build the framework to lead SteppIR into the next decade and beyond.  After 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, John still gets excited when it comes to building companies – and helping to create outstanding teams!

Lori Diskin

Lori Diskin

Operations Manager

Jeff Woehlert

Jeff Woehlert – N7CID

Product Engineer

Quang Truong

Manufacturing Technician

Yen Nguyen

Yen Nguyen

Manufacturing Technician

Nghia Tang

Manufacturing Technician


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Closed for Labor Day Weekend!9/2/22 - 9/5/22

SteppIR Communication Systems will be closed 9/2/22 - 9/5/22 for Labor Day Weekend and will be re-opening 9/6/22 for normal business hours. Have a fun and safe weekend!!!

SteppIR HQ will be closed for 4th of July!Closed Monday and Tuesday 7/4/22 - 7/5/22

We will be closed Monday and Tuesday 7/4/22 - 7/5/22 for the 4th of July and will be re-opening Wednesday 7/6/22.


Price Increase and other NewsCheckout our new layaway program!

Effective January 1, 2023 we will be raising prices 10% on our entire product line to help mitigate the losses we have suffered from these pricing issues. We are hopeful at some point the parts issues will reach a peak and possibly prices can even go back down again, but so far we are not seeing this happen. We are announcing this price increase now in hopes of giving our customers as much advance warning as possible.

Other news at SteppIR:

In the last year we have made significant changes to enhance our product design, to create what we believe is the most reliable product we have offered in our 21 year history.

Many of you know the struggles we have had with sourcing electronic parts for our controllers, and that is coming to an end - we currently have all the parts required to make controllers, and within a week or two we should  be returning to normal on controller deliveries.

We continue to work on our digital platform, so that we can be in much better contact with our customers - look for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with more to follow under our new slogan/hashtag S9PLUS20.

Look for new programs such as our winter layaway program, for those folks that want to purchase a SteppIR, but can't rationalize a significant payment up-front.

Thanks again for all your support - we appreciate our past customers and look forward to welcoming many more customers now and into the future!