Jim Brown wrote:
> On Tue, 20 May 2008 04:09:09 -0400, Roger (K8RI) wrote:
>> I stand by the premise that were there not a market
>> for the cheap stuff few of this type of vendor would exist. It's
>> unfortunate, but a large number exist who want to pay as little as
>> possible for "something good enough to work"
> I believe that those who buy JUNK parts are doing so out of ignorance,
> not intentionally.
Some do and some don't. <:-)) We have both types in our club.
> I was inactive on HF from the mid-80's up to 2003.
> When I got back on the air and began acquiring radios, I bought a
> bunch of connectors to mate with the various accessory jacks on the
> back of my radios. I found the DINS at RF Connection, and bought
> something like a half dozen of each. When I tried to use them a year
> or so later, I found them to be junk.
Even those of us who have been around a long time have had *more* than a
few "learning experiences"<:-))
> When I called to complain, I was
> told that hams only buy cheap and that they had no intention of
> selling anything different.
I've always found them to be very helpful when I tell them what I want.
If they don't have the quality in the item I want they know I'll go
elsewhere for it, which is expected.
> I didn't buy these parts because they were cheap -- I had been off the
> air for nearly 20 years, and didn't know that the market had gone to
> garbage. But I got stuck with a box full of JUNK connectors. You will
> also find what appear to be the same or equivalent JUNK in the Digikey
> catalog. The ONLY clue is price.
> Thankfully, I didn't have that problem with the Molex connectors that
> I bought to mate with Ten Tec radios and power amps.
> Jim K9YC
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