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[TenTec] The demise of manufacture

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Subject: [TenTec] The demise of manufacture
From: jholly@cup.hp.com (Jim Hollenback)
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 13:53:05 -0800
On Jan 28,  3:25pm, rohre wrote:
> Subject: RE: [TenTec] The demise of manufacture
> Jim,
> I don't believe the Omni VI+ existed in the time frame from 1965 up to 1970's
> on I was discussing. :-)  Of course it is High End today!  All Ten Tecs are
> high end in their time, but at reasonable prices for what you get! :-)

Good point. I am no longer miffed.

> You have a good point IF many CB'ers who became hams then did buy import; as
> of course most of the CB stuff was imported.  I am not sure many of the
> became hams.  CB ran its fad cycle, and many more dropped out for various
> reasons.

Crowding, lack of spots, got married, had kids, went to Vietnam.

> Neglected to mention the Sun Spot cycle influence on all this, and THAT in
> this last low point, was an issue in the decline in HF upgrades by all
> accounts of ARRL folks I have heard.  After perhaps 1969, we were surely on a
> decline in sunspot cycle, given the 11 year period, with 1957 being a high
> point.

Probably a very BIG reason. Recent down turns on amateur radio seemed to
happen on down turn of the spots. Coincidence? I don't think so.

> The first Icom Ic 22 I opened up does not appear to have been assembled by a
> machine.  That came later. Much later, in the 80's?.  Early Trio Kenwood
> (Remember the Trio name?) radios were also hand soldered, just like a Collins
> KWM 2, and other American brands.

I'm not sure when the board stuffers came on line. But there was a slight
difference in pay between the american (union?) worker and the average
Japanese worker. When you have a high laber content this is important.
I've seen labor content in a computer go from 16-20 hours to 2. Better
computer also.

> Another possible factor early on might be that import radios were soon
> than American ones, save for the compact Atlas line. Heath kept metal cases,
> while off shore pioneered molding plastic radio cases.

Or light weight Aluminum cast cases.

> However, no matter what factors all entered in, there was a slow down in teen
> agers coming into ham radio, and that is unfortunately reflected in the aging
> ham population today.

And still to this day there is a slow down of teenagers taking up engineering.
Big shortage is software types.

> I like the other thread comment someone made to donate a Ten Tec kit to a
> young person or school ham club near you.  Especially, the simple direct
> conversion radio kits are available in club discount quantity buys, as are
> other kits.
> We need to encourage young people into ham radio, to provide continued demand
> for Ten Tec kits and assembled products.

Yeah, and probably a good place to start is on the internet.

73, Jim, WA6SDM

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