[VHFcontesting] Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC Merge

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Mon May 12 13:59:47 EDT 2014


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Announcing the Merger of Alpha Amplifiers & Tentec


Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC Merge Under RF Concepts Banner
LONGMONT, Colo.- May 9, 2014 - Announcing today the merger of Longmont, Colorado -based RF  Concepts LLC / Alpha Amplifiers and Sevierville, Tenn.-based TEN-TEC  Inc., RF Concepts Chairman Michael Seedman, AA6DY, declared the union  the perfect combination of amateur radio brands. The merger creates  a multi-million-dollar company with products that span QRP transceivers  to full-legal-limit amplifiers and establishes an organization with the  size and scale to continue to innovate into the next decade and beyond.
RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers has been building amplifiers continuously since the early 1970s and has put more than 13,000 amplifiers in the hands of  demanding amateur radio operators. Alpha Amplifiers are considered "the  finest line of linear amplifiers in the world" by the ham community.  TEN-TEC, founded in 1968, produces top-of-the-line receivers,  transceivers, amplifiers and tuners and is known worldwide for the  reliability and performance of its products.
"For  more than 40 years, Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC have shared a  reputation in the amateur radio market for offering exceptionally  well-engineered, American-made products backed by extraordinary customer  service," said Seedman. "Alpha Amplifiers is known for 'key down  performance,' and TEN-TEC is known for pushing the boundaries of  transceiver performance and capabilities. 
"The  merger of these brands under the RF Concepts banner makes perfect  sense," added Seedman, "not only in terms of creating a powerful product  line, but also in terms of positioning our company for the future. This  merger more than doubles the size of our business allowing us to invest  more capital in innovative engineering and customer-driven product  development." 
RF  Concepts' operations will now be shared between its Longmont Colorado  facility and its Sevierville Tennessee facility. The company is  currently seeking a new operations facility in the Sevierville area to  more efficiently house factory operations, part of the engineering  resources, and technical and customer support services. The Colorado  facility will house engineering resources, technical and customer  support services, and much of the front-office operations. 
Both  Jim Wharton, NO4A, who in January of this year took the reins of  TEN-TEC upon the retirement of founder Jack Burchfield, K4JU and Ken  Long, N0QO, who has been overseeing the operations at Alpha Amplifiers  will be Presidents of their respective group, working together to build a  strong, innovative company. 
"Ken  and I have spent quite a bit of time discussing our short- and  long-term focus over the last few weeks and I feel our responsibilities  are very clearly defined.", said Wharton.
"Jim and I have a lot of work to do to make sure the merging of these two brands goes as smoothly as possible." added Long.
The  merger announcement comes just days before one of the signature amateur  radio events in North America-the Dayton (Ohio) Hamvention-where more  than 75,000 hams are expected to converge on the Hara Arena Complex to  discover the latest innovations in amateur radio. Both Alpha Amplifiers  and TEN-TEC will operate separate booths at this years show (May 16 -  18). Both booths will feature new products and special offers to  commemorate the merger. At booths 209-210 in the North Hall, Alpha  Amplifiers will be demonstrating the soon-to-be released DreamTuner 4040  Automatic Antenna Tuner, a graphically based, 4KW Autotuner. At booths  458-450 in the East Hall, TEN-TEC will unveil the Patriot, an open  source, arduino-based SSB transceiver.
About RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers
RF  Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers manufactures high-end linear amplifiers for  ham radio enthusiasts. Based in Longmont, Colo., the company is known  worldwide for its quality amplifiers. Alpha Amplifiers have been  continuously manufactured in the United States since the early 1970s.
TEN-TEC  Inc. was founded in 1968 to provide beautifully engineered,  well-crafted, well-supported and high-performing products to the amateur  radio market. For 46 years the Sevierville, Tenn.-based company has  passionately designed, crafted and tested premium products which have  earned the company a solid reputation and loyal brand followers  throughout the world. 




 Ken Long



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