SteppIR Communication Systems Announces New SDA 2000 Antenna Optimizer

SEATTLE and SAN RAMON, Calif., Oct. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SteppIR Communication Systems, a global provider of communication products and services, today announced at PACIFICON 2017 the release of the new SDA 2000 OptimizIR antenna optimizer.  With the ability to optimize antennas for maximum gain, maximum front-to-rear, or a combination of both, customers will experience a new way of interacting with their SteppIR antenna.  The company is accepting pre-orders today on their website at and will be delivering product in the first quarter of 2018.  

“We are incredibly excited to announce our SDA 2000 OptimizIR today at PACIFICON,” said John Mertel, President and CEO of SteppIR Communication Systems.  “With this release, the days of using just a ‘controller’ are over – we are bringing a new category of product to market that is focused on a broad array of optimization capabilities and can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers.”

The company announced the SDA 2000 OptimizIR will have the following features:

  • 180-Degree Mode.  The 180-degree mode allows users to electrically “rotate” the antenna 180 degrees opposite the forward direction beam heading.
  • Bi-Directional Mode.  The bi-directional mode function operates in a similar manner to the 180-degree mode, except when enabled the antenna operates as a hybrid Yagi with forward gain occurring in opposite directions, simultaneously.
  • Element Retract Mode.  With the Element Retract Mode, the user can retract all the elements on a SteppIR antenna to the home position, and the controller will then power down automatically.
  • Transceiver Interface.  This enables the automatic adjustment of each element of the antenna as the radio tunes.
  • Tuning Relay.  The lock-out relay connects via a PTT cable to the RF power source and prevents the amplifier from transmitting while the SteppIR antenna is being tuned.
  • Advanced Lightning Protection.  Each driver chip inside the OptimizIR has a relay in front of it that protects against lightning, nearby lightning incidents and dead shorts.

Additionally, the company announced that it has been acquired by Intentional Systems Inc., a company founded and led by John Mertel, who also co-founded SteppIR in 2001 with Mike Mertel and Jim Thomas.  Intentional Systems is focused on building a broad array of product and service capabilities in the global communications market through both organic expansion and strategic acquisitions.  SteppIR represents a foundational piece of the Intentional Systems framework and will continue to be invested in and expanded to meet market and industry needs.  Mike Mertel will remain associated with the company in an advisory capacity and Jim Thomas will remain with the company as Vice President, Product Engineering.

To learn more about SteppIR Communication Systems, please visit

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 

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Nuance to Release Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2017 Results on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) today announced that the Company will release results for its fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2017 after the market close on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Nuance will provide a copy of prepared conference call remarks in combination with its press release.  This process and these remarks are offered to provide shareholders and analysts additional time and detail for analyzing Nuance’s results.  The remarks will be available at in conjunction with the press release.

A conference call will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST and will include only brief comments followed by questions and answers. The prepared remarks will not be read on the call.

To access the live broadcast, please visit the Investor Relations section of Nuance’s website at  The call can also be heard by dialing 800-553-5275 or 612-332-0725 at least five minutes prior to the call and referencing code 430782.  A replay will be available within 24 hours of the announcement by dialing 800-475-6701 or 320-365-3844 and using the access code 430782.

About Nuance Communications
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications.  For more information, please visit

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Christine Marchuska
Nuance Communications, Inc.
Tel: 781-565-5000

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Crown Castle Declares Quarterly Common Stock Dividend

HOUSTON, Oct. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) (“Crown Castle”) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.05 per common share. The quarterly dividend will be payable on December 29, 2017 to common stockholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2017.  Future dividends are subject to the approval of the Company’s Board of Directors.


Crown Castle provides wireless carriers with the infrastructure they need to keep people connected and businesses running. With approximately 40,000 towers and over 60,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells following the completion of the Lightower acquisition, Crown Castle is the nation’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure with a significant presence in the top 100 U.S. markets.  For more information on Crown Castle, please visit


This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on Crown Castle management’s current expectations.  Such statements include plans, projections and estimates regarding the completion of the Lightower acquisition and the assets to be acquired therefrom.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including prevailing market conditions and other factors.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected.  More information about potential risk factors that could affect Crown Castle and its results is included in Crown Castle’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The term “including,” and any variation thereof, means “including, without limitation.”

Contacts: Dan Schlanger, CFO
Son Nguyen, VP & Treasurer
Crown Castle International Corp.

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