[TowerTalk] Tashjian Tower Orders

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 22 19:07:07 EDT 2008

Steve Katz wrote:
> I have told it to both of them, and explained this is why I'm not a
> customer.
> Well, I did build a K2 a couple of years ago but it was in stock at
> that time and I had it a couple days after ordering it.  I won't buy
> a K3 unless the same conditions prevail.
> It's unfortunate that small companies are often heavy on engineering
> and light on operations/planning.  A professional Ops person with
> decades experience in startups arranges financing, vendor parts
> stocking for JIT and kanban, production workflow against forecast and
> so forth so that a small company can become a big company.  Without
> such talent, the small company usually remains small.
> WB2WIK/6
Staying small may be just fine for many companies selling to hams. They 
may have no desire to grow, especially if the business is really more of 
a marginally profitable hobby, or is selling to others who are hobby 
oriented. I used to work for a guy who was into scale steam engines (as 
a hobby), and it seemed that everyone in that business was essentially 
doing it as a "craftsman" working to order. Same is true for a lot of 
R/C stuff.  Knowing your limits and expectations is half the game. 
Granted, some of the small companies do a terrible job communicating this.

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