Greetings from Cushcraft:
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Steven Best and I am
President of Cushcraft Corporation. I am writing this e-mail to
address the issue of Art Hambleton's (K1ART, formerly K1LL) departure
from Cushcraft and Cushcraft's position relative to its amateur
First, Art was doing a very good job at Cushcraft and was not asked to
leave the company. Art was appointed to the position of Amateur
Product Manager approximately one year ago and was responsible for
amateur new product development, amateur advertising, amateur sales,
and amateur product support.
Our organization has changed considerably over the past year. I was
appointed President last August. We have hired a new Vice President
for our Engineering Department, Adam Alevy (N1FXT); we have hired two
additional Engineering Technicians, Danny Horvat (T93M) and Pete
Jovanovic (T94OF); and we have appointed Paul Randazzo (NW1U) as our
Amateur Customer Support Representative. At a higher organizational
level, our amateur and commercial marketing and sales efforts were
combined into one department.
Cushcraft's engineering department and marketing and sales
organization are stronger and better staffed than they have been in
over four years.
With these changes, strengthening both our engineering and marketing
and sales departments, Art's position was becoming more sales and
customer support oriented and he decided to pursue a different career
With regard to our amateur business, I will state without any issues
that we are and will remain fully supportive and committed to the
amateur marketplace. This was clearly evident at the recent
hamvention in Dayton.
In 1998 we have introduced several significant new products - our X7,
X9, R6000, our line of HF monobanders and coming soon, the new and
improved R7000. The new R7000 will feature new trap designs improving
bandwidth and efficiency. All of these antennas were jointly designed
by Art and Danny Horvat. Art was chiefly responsible for the
mechanical design and Danny was responsible for the electrical design,
testing and computer modeling.
We are very proud of these antennas and are confident that they
represent the best amateur products introduced by any company in the
past few years. Our new products to be introduced later this year and
at the 1999 Dayton show will be of similar mechanical quality and offer
superb RF performance.
Our principal company focus is product quality and superior customer
support. Within a short few weeks we will unveil a new web page where
our catalogs and ALL of our instruction manuals will be available for
download (free of charge). The new web page will eventually feature a
spare parts price list/order form and answers to the most frequently
asked technical questions.
We are currently in the process of filling the position of Amateur
Marketing and Sales Manager.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Regards and 73's
PS. My background is electrical engineering, specializing in antenna
design and electromagnetic theory. I received my Ph.D. in electrical
engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. I will let
you know when I receive my ham license.
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