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I'm one of the three founders of SteppIR Antennas, along with my brother Mike K7IR and Jim Thomas K7IRF.  My current role is President / CEO.

Of course, the antenna is a SteppIR 2E Yagi with 40/30m loop, which is all I could fit on my city lot at the time.  We have moved recently (to another city lot!) so I don't have the antenna in use, instead for now I'm active with Remote Ham Radio.

I have been licensed since 1979, prior call signs: KA7EXC, N7CID, W7AGV.  Primary interest in ham radio is working DX, mostly on CW but will get on SSB as well. 

I am the primary licensee for our club station, the Lake Flora Amateur Radio Club - K7PU.  From time to time you will hear me on the air using the club call.

I enjoy great friendships in ham radio with many people which is why I got into this hobby, I'm thankful for my brother guiding me into ham radio, so long ago!  I also became friends with Mike Fischer K7XH (who lived 3 blocks from my house) through ham radio.  We met on the air the first year I was licensed in 1979, and we have remained close buddies for over 35 years now - it's crazy how time flies. We still enjoy ham radio every bit as much today as we did back then!

We have a group of hams that compete in the ARRL Sweepstakes (SSB) every year using K7IR's call sign -  Mike K7IR, John WA7IR, Mike K7XH and Phil K7XS won the Multi-Op SS Phone overall  in 2000.  

Our current team (since 2009) consists of Mike K7IR, John WA7IR, Mike K7XH, Adam K7EDX, Brian N9ADG and Phil K7XS and has finished in the top 10 just about every year, with a 3rd place finish nationally in 2011.


Here is a picture of our plaque from the 2000 Win (it got a little beat up during the move!):


My brother Mike K7IR (on left) and I during Sweepstakes 2005


That's me in the front, operating Sweepstakes Phone in 2008 with my buddy Mike Fischer K7XH


Brian, N9ADG, Adam K7EDX and Mike K7XH operating SS Phone 2009:


Phil K7XS with Mike K7XH getting along wonderfully, as always, during SS 2005!  :>D

The last two hams in the family, my daughter (age 4 in this picture shot in 2012) and her Papa Vic, my Dad, W7IRV in the W7IRV ham shack.  Lots of IR's in this family!  Hopefully the Daughter will take a liking to Ham Radio and we can add another picture soon showing a call sign...  


In Memoriam to my very good friend Jim Streible (left), K4DLI, SK on 1/16/2017,  This man meant so much to me, I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to know him - a credit to the amateur radio community, and an instant entry into the pearly gates, no question about that.  73 Jim - dit dit.


73 and thanks for looking!  

John WA7IR


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