and FlexRadio and SteppIR, plus lots of garage industries.
There's really quite a lot of domestic activity, but it's not clear how
profitable it is for anyone. You generally don't know who has got a problem
in a privately held company, until they suddenly close their doors.
73 Martin AA6E
On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:40 PM, Rick - NJ0IP / DJ0IP <Rick@dj0ip.de> wrote:
> Three (your forgot Elecraft).
> Four if you count Palstar.
> Then there are companies manufacturing amps such as QRO Technologies and
> Alpha (or whatever their name now is, under new ownership).
> And then of course there is Vibroplex, which is probably the oldest of all
> of these companies, and still manufacturing keys!
> Of the Golden Oldies, you forgot the Gotham antennas.
> That's all we kids could afford.
> Then there was Raytrack, Autronix, and Galexy.
> Where have all the flowers gone?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> On Behalf Of Jim Younce
> Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 4:17 PM
> To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
> Subject: Re: [TenTec] "The End of Ten-Tec" (Yeah, Right)
> I doubt that Ten-Tec is about to close the doors. It is a fact that the
> amateur market is only a small percentage of the company's business. Their
> biggest volume is the manufacture of tools & dies and metal boxes for
> electronic OEM manufactures. The amateur business was a labor of love for
> Al Cohn and Jack Birtchfield. When Al sold Electro-Voice and bought
> a tool and die manufacture they decided to build a ham transceiver. Al has
> since become a silent key and I am sure Jack is ready for retirement or
> already has retired. Both were great gentlemen to do business with and to
> talk to on the air.
> However, I am old enough to remember when National Radio, Hallicrafters,
> Drake, Regency, Multi-Elmac, Gonset, Central Electronics, Swan Electronics,
> Atlas Radio, Harvey Wells, Morrow Radio, Clegg Laboratories, Webster
> Bandspanner, Walter Ashe, Technical Material Corp., Barker and
> Williamson, Peterson Radio, James Millen, Hammurland, EF Johnson,
> Heathkit, World Radio Labs, Knight, Lafayette, Eico, Ameco, Hornet
> RME Receivers, Master Mobile Antennas, Collins, and several other American
> ham radio manufactures were major players in the manufacture and sales of
> ham radio gear. Now we are down to two, Ten-Tec and MFJ. Some of the
> exodus was caused but the failure of engineering departments to keep up
> single sideband technology but a great deal of them fell from the Asian
> manufacture competetion.
> Jim Yoiunce K4ZM
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