Probably a lot of reasons why the JA's never built as many amps as US
companies. The power limitation in both Japan (I don't know what it is) and
other countries could be a big reason, which relates to a somewhat limited
market. Also, there are the shipping costs and potential transit damage that
put them at a competitive disadvantage compared to US companies here.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carter, K8VT" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 5:32 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Solid State Amps
> Ron Castro wrote:
>> The Japanese have never come close to Americans when it comes to
>> amplifiers. Great names like Collins, Drake, Heath, Ten Tec,
>> ETO/Alpha, BTI, Amp Supply, Henry, Dentron, Swan and others I have
>> forgotten, always had the 'big iron' the JA's could never duplicate!
> "Could never duplicate"? Interesting statement Ron, but could you
> clarify it a bit?
> The Japanese transceivers were generally complex, at least more complex
> than an amplifier. Were they not trying to duplicate amps because of
> power limitations in the home market? Other reasons?
> If they can make something as complex as an FT-Whatever with 97 front
> panel controls, it would seem that an amplifier would not present that
> big of a technical challenge. After all, a couple of 3-500s or four 811s
> were not rocket science. Heck, if they wanted to, you would think that
> the Japanese could have at least made a "Chinese" copy of the Collins,
> Drake, etc, etc :-)
> Inquiring minds want to know...
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