SEATTLE and ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SteppIR Communication Systems, a global provider of communication products and services, today announced at HamCation 2018 that the company has hired John Stanford, KF6I, as Chief Technology Officer.  Mr. Stanford has over 30 years of experience in both consumer and enterprise-grade communications products and services and will oversee the entire SteppIR product line.  Additionally, Mr. Stanford will oversee the company’s newly opened Los Angeles office which will support a local engineering and sales team.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome John to the SteppIR team,” said John Mertel, President and CEO of SteppIR Communication Systems.  “Since acquiring SteppIR last year we continue to be focused on expanding our leadership team as well as our product line and service offerings.  John brings a wealth of experience to help lead us into our next phase of growth.”

Mr. Stanford received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Dayton and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  His graduate research was focused on log-periodic dipole array (LPDA) antennas where he studied under Paul Mayes, a pioneer in broadband antennas.  Additionally, Mr. Stanford is an avid ham radio enthusiast.  He is an active HF and VHF CW/SSB contester and can be heard on six and two meter Meteor scatter.  He has also assembled a band-hopping WSPR station and operates on the FT8 and JT65 digital modes.  Mr. Stanford is also a NARTE Certified EMC Test and Design Engineer.   

“I am incredibly excited to take on this technical leadership position at SteppIR,” said Mr. Stanford.  “The company has both a rich history and broadly applicable technical experience, but also has a clear vision of the opportunity ahead of them.  My background and skillset will provide a great foundation to drive the product line vision forward.”

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About SteppIR Communication Systems
Founded in 2001, SteppIR Communication Systems is a global provider of state-of-the-art antenna systems and services.  Based on patented technology and powered by a passion for great service, the company provides best-of-class products, services and offerings across antennas, controllers, optimizers and more.  Learn more at

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John Mertel
President and CEO