Actually Hallicrafters was acquired by Northrup and folded into one of
their defense electronics group. I did a little research on this several
years ago out of curiosity.
> From: Paul R. Valko <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Jim and Kate Belt <email@example.com>
> Cc: TenTec Net <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [TenTec] Hmmm
> Date: Tuesday, January 27, 1998 10:11 PM
> 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
> > players. Now we have Kenwood, Yaesu, Icom, Ten-Tec and a new one from
> > 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
> 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
> 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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