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Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:

from Ham Radio Outlet on December 27, 2013
Website: http://www.hamradio.com/news.cfm
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Just saw this on Ham Radio Outlet's web site and saw it wasn't here: a sad Christmas present for the world.

http://www.hamradio.com/news.cfm

Apparently this news is so new that the USA Tokyo Hi-Power's site has yet to be updated, while the Japanese web site is giving a 403-Forbidden message.

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Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by W8PMR on December 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
It is, indeed, a sad day for Ham Radio! Tokyo High Power has made consistent, high quality, state of the art equipment. I am extremely pleased with the equipment I have, and the way it operates. It just WORKS! If WE fail to recognize and support quality manufacturers, we will get what we deserve; low cost junk fro MFJ!

I can only hope that some enterprising group (HRO?) would pick up manufacture of this line!

Thanks THP!
 
RE: Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by N1YRK on December 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
yes they make good stuff. I hope they can be rescued. But I don't know how Japanese bankruptcy works.
 
Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by N0SAP on December 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Looks like MFJ will be adding a new line of Amplifiers to their line. "SAP"
 
Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by ZENKI on December 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Maybe a company like Elecraft could buy some of their assets and designs. Their HF amplifier line would be a perfect fit for Elecraft.

Their amplifier designs look very modular and would suite Elecrafts manufacturing model. It would be a good way for Elecraft to deliver a legal HF solid state amplifier. I am sure it would be popular.

At the end of the day its always economics, if you cant deliver high turn over or reducing manufacturing costs you end exactly where THP is now. However what we dont need is MFJ's DNA on such a product. It would just turn it into another POS.

THP was a company whose owner who was heavily involved in the design and manufacturer of his products. You could almost say it was his passion for excellence that produced such excellent products. I remember his excellent article in QEX which explored the development(including all circuits) of the 2.5kfx amplifier. He certainly knew his stuff, and its then no surprise nobody has just ripped the design. Life is never that easy being a cheat in a small market. Cost per watt will always be a issue in the ham radio market. I suppose cost per watt put THP out of business.



 
RE: Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by VK6IS on December 28, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
So, the value of your Hi-Power - just went up ..
 
RE: Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by W9CW on December 29, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Company CEO/President Nobuki Wakabayashi, JA1DJW is a class individual, and a person I knew well when I worked in the amateur radio industry for 26 years prior to my retirement at the end of 2010. Nobuki-san is a professional's "professional," and a great RF engineer. I really hate to see this happen. Apparently, the depression in sales in the industrial RF products market led to the decision to file for bankruptcy.

GL Nobuki-san, and I wish you only the best in the future.

73
Don W9CW
 
RE: Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by W9CW on December 29, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
One more thing... THP's correct corporate name is "Tokyo Hy-Power," not "Tokyo Hi-Power."
 
RE: Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by WB4M on December 29, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
"So, the value of your Hi-Power - just went up .."

I'd say it just went down..
 
Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by KI6CDF on January 3, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
It is disappointing to hear that Tokyo Hi-Power files for liquidation. I have been very pleased with my amp. It runs perfectly all the time.
 
RE: Tokyo Hi-Power Files for Liquidation:  
by KB6QXM on January 4, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Just another example of the race to the bottom. The costs of building quality items with high quality control cost money. If the margins are razor thin, then this is what you get. The cost of manufacturing is getting so high that if you do not go to the lowest cost regions, then you cannot compete in the market place.

Think about it. America used to make most of the products of the world but because of it's high "labor union" costs businesses had to either close it's doors in manufacturing or go overseas. The lack of regulation and quality control for many of the products that are manufactured in the world manufacturing capital produces products that are sub-standard and sometimes dangerous. When you have a government that is subsidizing those companies, you are no longer on a level playing field.

The memory market was subsidized in the 1990's. US-based memory manufactures could not compete. It tumbled the market.
Look at the solar industry in the US. One failed solar company after another. Did not matter on the technology. Cost per watt was too high in US manufactured solar panels.

It is a dangerous spiral that the US is in. Push all of the money to the lowest cost regions, build up their economies, reduce ours and then get sold back our own money (bonds) as they are holding all of the money.

What happened to THP is just another example that quality built products at a reasonable price point is not a viable business model anymore.

May THP RIP. Shame! Sign of the times.

73
 
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