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Re: [TenTec] Titan vac relay

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Titan vac relay
From: Stuart Rohre <rohre@arlut.utexas.edu>
Reply-to: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:32:35 -0600
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As a Defense Contractor, Ten Tec has to jump through major hoops when 
they sell parts or equipment to overseas addresses.  Our research lab 
has also run into this as has the AMSAT national group.  It is called
ITAR, International Trafficking in Arms Regulations.  Many scientific 
parts and electronics parts are considered to be possibly used in 
armaments, or any type of war goods, and thus, permits have to be 
obtained to sell abroad.  The certifications usually employ specialized 
lawyers, etc. and thus runs up the cost of parts stocked by 
manufacturers.  End use to certain countries is flat out forbidden, and 
tracking of material is required to insure it does not move elsewhere 
via third parties.  That is the way a $70 part from the OEM becomes $375 
when stocked by a manufacturer who also does business with the U.S. 
government.  Been there done that.  Sorry Rafael, that is the crazy 
world we live in today.  That is also why AMSAT has suspended joint 
project work with overseas SAT national groups.  They are in the process 
of doing their ITAR certification.  There is no blanket exemption for 
ham radio parts and equipment possible, unless Congress changes the law. 
  Unfortunately, the AMSAT electronics comes under the Dept. of State 
regulation.  Most other ham components would as well.

The original relay manufacturer may deal in large enough lots of these 
relays, that they have spread their ITAR costs over a larger stock.

After all, vacuum relays are in all RF generators be they transmitters, 
amplifiers, or plasma sources around the world.

-Stuart Rohre

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