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[TenTec] Hmmm

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Subject: [TenTec] Hmmm
From: prvalko@oakland.edu (Paul R. Valko)
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 22:11:24 -0500 (EST)
On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Jim and Kate Belt wrote:

> I hestitate to bring this up but have things shrunk up a bit in amateur
> radio. Back when I started there was Collins, E.F. Johnson, Drake,
> Hallicrafters, Hammerlund, Swan, WRL, Allied, and Heathkit who were major
> players. Now we have Kenwood, Yaesu, Icom, Ten-Tec and a new one from Long
> Island. What's happened?

I'll take a stab at it...

Collins - hand made high-end (expensive) radios and left to pursue more
        lucrative military/aviation market.  REALLY popular now with the 
        yuppies with more money than brains crowd.

E.F. Johnson - Sunk by going into CB radio, crashed when the CB craze did.

Drake - Clobbered by the efficient japanese manufacturing process.

Hallicrafters - could not keep up with technology changes.

Hammerlund - couldn't even keep up with Hallicrafters.

Swan - came up with one too many crappy radio designs.

WRL - Never really a player in the post-transatlantic period anyways.  I
        think my grandfather may have heard the Hindenburg blow up
        on a WRL radio.

Allied - Swallowed by Tandy.

Heathkit - Swallowed by Zenith, bet big on computers and lost.

So that leaves those dear people in Tennesee... who have a day job selling
lots of plastic cases and other enclosures.  Every now and then they turn
out a quirky little low-production radio that just enough people fall in
love with.  The phone gets answered by english-as-a-native-language
technicians and they keep parts in stock for radios out of production
before Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu sold rig number one in the US. 

73! =paul= W8KC
Collector of Ten*Tecs and other fine plastics


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