[Amps] MFJ products
km1h at jeremy.mv.com
Tue Sep 11 09:10:19 EDT 2012
Cushcraft was long on the way down before MFJ took them. When Les Cushman
turned the helm over to his moron son and then a series of incompetent CEO's
and then several buyouts, products were overpriced, engineering non
existent, arrogant support and full retail + on repair parts.
I'll have to give credit to MFJ for now including a wide range of Ameritron
components in their catalog making service and homebrew easier at reasonable
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <jim at audiosystemsgroup.com>
To: <amps at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Amps] MFJ products
> On 9/10/2012 5:46 PM, Roger (K8RI) wrote:
>> Both Cushcraft and Hy-Gain would likely be gone if not for them.
> They ARE gone. Like RCA, GE, Altec Lansing, only the NAME is still around,
> purchased by someone with enough money to buy the the name or what's left
> of the company from the bankruptcy (or before the bankruptcy).. Mighty
> Fine Junk bought the business, and thus the legal RIGHT to use the name,
> but the companies that BUILT those names are LONG GONE.
> What makes a company worthwhile is quality product and quality support.
> You can't BUY that, you have to BUILD it.
> I too have looked inside MFJ amps with the Ameritron name on them, and
> tried to patch them together long enough to run a contest from a DX
> station. I agree that they are crap.
> BTW -- WE are responsible for the bankruptcy of GOOD companies when we
> decide that their quality products, built with Americans making a living
> wave, are TOO EXPENSIVE, and we buy cheap junk from MFJ or China. I don't
> know about the rest of you, but I buy quality products from good
> companies, even it if costs a bit (or a lot) more. Am I a patriot? Maybe.
> But really I'm acting in my own best interests by buying stuff that I'll
> still be using 20 years from now (if I'm still alive).
> FWIW, I'm getting great use from the three Ten Tec Titans I bought used
> between 2004 and 2006. These US designed (around 1978) and built amps
> aren't fancy, but their build quality is decent, they publish the
> schematic, they're easy to work on, most parts are easy to find, and I'm
> running them at contesting duty cycles with very good reliability. Two
> are in active use, one is a spare. (Hey -- I'm a serious contester. :) )
> And they are 30 years old! I seriously doubt that an owner of MFJ amps
> can tell a similar story with amps that are much newer.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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