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Phone:    Monday through Friday
Main :                425-453-1910        9:30am to 4:30pm Pacific Standard Time
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Fluidmotion Inc.
SteppIR Antennas
2112 – 116th Ave NE
Suite 1-5
Bellevue, WA 98004


Meet the SteppIR Team


 Mike Mertel K7IR – President/CEO/ Founder

Mike Mertel K7IR

Mike Mertel is one of the three founders of SteppIR, it was his crazy idea to build this contraption in the first place! Mike’s first career was in the bar-code scanning industry, having founded Microscan Systems Incorporated with the invention of the smallest bar-code scanning device in the world at that time.  Microscan Systems was started from the basement of his home, ultimately reaching 125 employees before he sold it in 1995.  After two years of “retirement”, Mike developed the concept for the SteppIR antenna products and never looked back at the “easy chair” life.   Mike enjoys ham radio first and foremost, with the occasional round of golf, traveling with his wife Marla and of course, designing new SteppIR products!


 Jim Thomas K7IRF – Vice President / Founder

Jim Thomas K7IRF

Jim Thomas is one of the three founders of SteppIR Antennas. Prior to SteppIR, Jim worked at Microscan Systems, where he was that company’s Chief Engineer.  At SteppIR, Jim has had an impact in many areas of the company, but his primary function is to turn the product ideas into reality.  Jim and Mike work hand-in-hand in engineering as a fine-tuned team.  Jim also has an uncanny ability to successfully troubleshoot just about anything, a valuable tool when working in the highly unpredictable field of antenna design.  When Jim is not working at SteppIR, he likes to play with his sand-rail vehicle and is sporadically working on restoring his 1967 Mustang, which he has had since high school!


Rich Stempien – Technical Support


First licensed in 1965 as WN9SZN. Upgraded and became WA9WYB in 1967, ultimately becoming W6RS in 2007. Resided in the Chicago area until 1984 and then moved to the San Francisco bay area and finally settled in Alameda, CA. I was the manager of the Ham Radio Outlet in Oakland for 7 years. I then took a job as an engineer for the City and County of San Francisco Radio Engineering Department until my retirement in 2011. My XYL and I moved to Hansville Washington, looking for a slower way of life, where we currently reside. I not only work for SteppIR but am also a customer. I am currently using as DB-18E and will be upgrading to a DB-42 this spring. It only took me 50 years, but finally achieved #1 DXCC Honor Roll this past December having a QSO with P5/3Z9DX. I am still active almost daily and am now chasing DXCC entities to add to my total for the DXCC Challenge.


Bart Hasz – Inside Sales

Bart Hasz

Bart Hasz K7HAZ is the “voice” of SteppIR, as our inside sales representative.  Bart came to SteppIR in 2010 after 20 years in the photographic industry.  He answers all the incoming phone calls and emails, and works with customers on choosing the right product for their situation, and expedites any issues that come up.