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It'll Be Here Soon!

Glenn C. Peck (KE5GK) on March 4, 2017
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It’ll Be Here Soon!

The continued uncertainty surrounding the future of Ten-Tec brings to mind a story I heard many, many years ago, with several non-approved factory modifications.

A millionaire, from back east, who lived for practical jokes, bought the only billboard in this small country village and hired a painter. The seldom-used billboard was located between the Great Plains Feed Mill and the Beer, Bait, and Ice convenience store. The billboard was seen by all of the farmers that were going to get corn ground or to purchase cattle cubes at the feed mill and everyone who could not drive 17 miles to the nearest gas station from the convenience store. In addition, the three pinball machines in the convenience store attracted many high schoolers after school.

One Tuesday morning a sign painter pulled back a makeshift curtain to reveal a simple sign on the billboard that said, “WATCH FOR IT!”

Speculation as to what the sign meant started to be a part of most conversations. Some farmers came to the mill early the following Tuesday as the sign painter pulled the curtain to once more display a simple announcement that heralded, “IT IS COMING!” Soon a newspaper photographer in the next larger town came and took a picture that made the front page. The 25 copies the convenience store received on Saturday were sold in less than an hour.

The following Tuesday the painter had about 30 local residents to review his latest handiwork as he pulled the curtain back. The sign read, “NEXT WEEK FOR SURE!” The same photographer from last week and his managing editor, got a couple of photos and interviewed several excited residents.

The next Tuesday would be a day long remembered in this rural assembly of old people who did not have enough money to move out and younger families who were saving every penny to leave, even though it meant taking a large hit, assuming they could even sell their home. But for one month economic concerns took a distant back seat to the excitement created by the sign.

Two television stations from down state sent film crews, one even had a helicopter overhead, the lieutenant governor was there, the school had dismissed and the 17 members of the school marching band were playing patriotic tunes, although somewhat off key. The part-time mayor, in a rented tuxedo, all three city council members, and two regular convenience store vendors waited with unabated anticipation.

What could it be? Perhaps a new business was coming to town? Maybe a Hollywood movie was to be shot on location in this backwater community? Was it possible a former resident struck it big in Alaska and was going to share his good fortune? There were as many possibilities as the 324 people standing in front of the billboard.

At 10 AM a local pastor led a prayer, followed by the band playing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Everyone was focused on the billboard, except the millionaire practical joker who was parked about a block away sitting in his big caddy pointed out of town. A thirty second drum roll and the curtain was pulled back. The joker briefly looked in his rear view mirror and smiled as he sped out of town. The curtain was pulled back to reveal: “IT’S GONE!!!”

KE5GK -- Hopeless Ten Tec Fanatic

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It'll Be Here Soon!  
by KJ4DGE on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I have written many articles for EHAM.net and have another upcoming and no, I have no billboard for those wishing a spoiler LOL. But I have to admit this "article" had me reading it waiting like all the 324 made-up characters in the text for a big ending. Unlike the dude in the car, I was fooled or joked by the ending, No doubt this will stir a hell-storm of comments about what is or is not considered a "article" on EHAM. I sort of think ANY article that someone can put up here that stirs any reading interest is an OK article.

This does not mean the site should accept same from a HAM that wants to write a poem about his cats potty habits :) but come on its a slow week and the folks that are now going to take time out of their busy (not) day to flame the author, why don't you come up with a tech article or funny spiel you can share here. Or are you overdue for a doctor's proctology exam?

We all have an author inside us or good tech stuff to share and this is the place!


73

KJ4DGE
 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W0WCA on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Glen:
I think your story is actually pretty excellent and I enjoyed reading it. Like you, I am a BIG fan of Ten Tec and found something to love in their radios that I’m not finding in the ubiquitous Japanese offerings. But I think, sadly, you are right; they’re gone . . .
 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W8BYH on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I fear Ten-Tec is gone, gone, gone. Better to give the brand a decent burial than continue to to keep it on life support in the hopes it will awake from its vegetative state as good as new.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K6AER on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
The story is a good one with parallels with the current crop of struggling ham radio manufactures. In their day, TenTec, provided Hams with cutting level technology and performance against the big three. Better filters and in some cases, the ability to connect computers. It was just a matter of time before Ham Japan Inc., better understood the market place and instead of just copying a good idea, forged ahead where smaller companies could not go due to much needed R&D funding. This reminds me of a line in a movie from years ago, “The last buggy whip manufacture made the best buggy whips on the planet”. I think it was spoken by Danny Devito in the movie Ruthless People, about a closing steel mill. The steel mill started making air bags to save it self.

Ham radio manufactures have basically three main products. Radios, Amplifiers and Antennas. The rest is small stuff. Antennas are limited by material and physics. Amplifiers are limited by critical parts such as transistors and tubes and production labor. Radios are truly the recipient of new technology from the cell phone industry and thus the old way of building radios no longer applies. Can you imagine a 4-band cell phone with analog technology? I would take two hands to lift it.

ICOM came out with the 7300 (listed as one of the top ten by Rob Sherwood) and is releasing the new 7610 dual receiver SDR in a box that is supposed to perform as well as a FLEX radio. Price is said to be under $3K. This technology slide by the other manufactures, unable to keep up, will result in their inability to make a competing product. It is quite possible that Yaesu and Kenwood could disappear from the ham radio market within two years with their current product offerings. Hams no longer want a monster HF transceiver in the shack that manufactures will not support after 5 years. I took my 7300 covers off and what I found was not much. Amplifier board, tuner board. Main board on the bottom with four large uP chips. This radios aligned with a computer and probably does not see hands until it is put in the box for shipping.

At this point, you must ask how is TenTec going to bring a product to the marketing table that a small ham population will spend money on? With so much equipment available, due to estate sales, the market is at best stagnate. Hams are the cheapest market segment any company would want to go after. We want cutting edge technology, beautiful looking radios that never break with 40-year product support. We want them to be idiot proof and all this is for the lowest cost possible.

What I saw at Dayton last year was not so much the new products but the manufactures that were no longer there. Now if I could just find where I placed my buggy whip.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by KD7YVV on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Well, I was reading on QRZ about the new radio from
Icom, the ID-4100, The 5100 is not even 3 years old
and already they're coming out with another one?
I wonder if people just buy radios just to have the
latest whiz-bang thing. It's kind of like cellphones,
I just want a phone I can use to make a call.
The thing I have now even has a video editor.
I guess I'll never know when I might suddenly have
the need to edit video? Maybe I'm becoming old-school
but I have a Kenwood TS-430, very sensitive receiver
and still working. A battery, antenna, and ground,
and the thing is good to go. Granted, the advances
in radios from waterfall displays, digital doo-dads
etc. etc piques my interest, but a certain engineer
aboard a certain starship said, the more they overtake
the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.

 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by N8FVJ on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Ham radio is declining. Has been since the 1990s. The start was likely having 3898 on 75 meters dropping off to just a few operators then none.

The bands used to be full, now 20 meters has just a few on the bands in the afternoon. I do not hear anyone calling CQ on 75 meters either. 40 meters is about dead. The Japanize manufactures have not built but just a new models. Kenwood still sells the older TS-990S, TS-590SG, TS-480HX and TS-2000 models. There may be no more new offerings from Kenwood HF radios. Same deal with Yaesu. ICOM only has two new HF radios not released yet with the newer IC-7300 a year ago.

Ten Tec cannot develop a new radio and sell only a few hundred in a years time.

However, I still have as much fun as 20 years ago.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by AF5CC on March 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Elecraft has been doing pretty good for a small, non-JA company.
 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W9ALF on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
LOVE IT!
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by N4KC on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

I wondered how long it would be before someone would equate the apparent demise of Ten Tec to the end of Amateur Radio. Truth is, things change. And change tends to be a downhill-rolling snowball, getting bigger and faster as it goes, even doing some collateral damage along the way.

I've heard it said that technological knowledge doubles every five years. Doubles! That necessarily leaves some good folks--and good companies--unable or unwilling to cope and change with it. But as K6AER points out, that change is usually a good thing for those who take advantage of it rather than decrying it and blaming it for the fall of civilization. (The good news is the pundit who gave the five-year figure says medical knowledge doubles every three years, good news for the old and infirm among us. Oh, and did anyone consider that one reason the Ham population is so gray-haired is because the general population is, too? More old folks living longer means more old Hams living longer, and I'm totally in favor of that trend!)

Many of us will miss Ten Tec and others destined to not be able to keep up. But most of us will love the new and cheaper and far more powerful stuff coming our way...until it, too, is gone, replaced by something even better.

Those afraid of rapid technological change must be experiencing a particularly unpleasant version of hell nowadays. I blog on the topic of rapid technological change and its effect on society, the media and Amateur Radio at http://n4kc.blogspot.com if anyone cares to take a look.

(Oh, and Ham Radio is thriving, in case you didn't notice. Bands seem emptier? Blame sunspots, a half-dozen bands we didn't have in the 1970s spreading us out, more interest in CW (!!!), and all the guys now enjoying PSK31, RTTY, JT-65...)

73,

Don N4KC
www.n4kc.com www.donkeith.com



 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by KT0DD on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I just had to send this to the owner of ANYTONE-TECH. For those who aren't familiar, this guy was selling a Anytone Chinese HT radio with Ham, Part 90 and GMRS all in the same radio and very briefly snuck it under the FCC's radar so a few got sold. After someone brought this to the attention of the FCC, Anytone Tech was issued a cease and desist of sales order for non type acceptance of the radio.

This all happened over a year ago but on Anytone Tech.com he still shows these radios as "Coming Soon".

I probably will get a nasty email but the laugh is worth it.

Todd-KT0DD
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W0WCA on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
And just what is the magic of Elecraft? Personally I can't see the price premium when compared to offerings from Japan.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K9MHZ on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
FVJ,

Hopefully without offending...I didn't follow any of what you're asserting. The anecdote of one 75-meter phone freq not being used as in the past is hardly evidence of a grand demise of the service. Kenwood has gone slow in new product offerings for decades. Don't you think that the apparent lack of new HF radio products lately has something to do with their changing to SDR designs?

Don nailed it above, quite well. Smile folks, it's probably going to be OK.

 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W0CBF on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
For crying out loud - MOVE ON! Did the end of Heath kit put an end to amateur radio -NO! What about Swan, Galaxy and many others. I never owned any Ten-Tec gear and probably will never buy any of their equipment used, but I think that I can live with that and be glad that we now have so many other options and brands to choose from even if they do come from Japan. Their are plenty of operators to talk to, whatever your favorite mode or equipment brand is on both ends.

73's
Chuck
WØCBF

www.kcham.com
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K6AER on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Thursday the bands were pretty quiet. Oh my God ham radio died.

Friday the ARRL SSB contest started and hardly a empty spot could be found on the bands. This is a classic case if no one calls CQ you think the band id dead. You have no idea how many times I have called CQ on 20 meters, late at night. on what appeared to be a dead band.

Then ZL's and VK's are calling back.
 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W9MT on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I really liked the original article and am happy to be able to read something like it here on eHam.net.

The push by Icom to bring the ham community an SDR in the 7300 that is "mostly air inside" reminds me of the time I opened my TenTec Jupiter 538 and marveled at EXACTLY the same thing. It's just that the 7300 and the current offerings from Flex are TODAY'S SDR's, and not the Pegasus 550 or Jupiter 538 SDR's from the turn of the millennium. (Yep, that be 17 years ago !!!) Yet, technology soldiers onward...

The thing that no commenter has raised yet is that my Jupiter, IC-746pro, IC-706Mk2G, and FT-817ND are very capable radios, even today. (Yaesu continues to make the 817, BTW, in its current configuration, with no word of its being discontinued. This classic, niche market design must still be selling, wouldn't you say?)

However, all come from that turn of the millennium or from just a few years beyond. Yet, they too, continue to "soldier onward".

For the type of operating I do, they are "quite good enough" for my needs. So, until they break and I cannot fix them myself, I won't be buying anything new that my widow will need to dispose of. (That is, unless I outlive my my cherished bride and have to do that myself when I feel the dirt-nap or senior home a-coming.)

Remember guys, "good enough is the mortal enemy of best".

We are all very lucky that there were many really great and highly capable radios made during these last 20 years. That's why a big portion of the active ham population just isn't coughing up the cash for the shiny new pennies appearing out there.

Bravo to the guy with the TS-430S. You'll only upgrade when you need more memory channels, or you're operating a digital mode that needs a faster T/R turnaround time. (Why I sold my TS-680s and AT-250 years back.) Or you may keep it for sentimental reasons, like the HW-16 and HG-10 they'll have to pry out of my cold dead fingers.

For now, I'll keep finding new ways to use what I have...including my Jupiter from RIP TenTec.

TenTec had a great run, and I will remember them both appreciatively and fondly.
 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by WA3FIY on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I really don't get it....I know I'm a little slow but what is the purpose of spreading what amounts to false information about the status of Ten-Tec? What do so many of you have to gain by making such statements? I don't get it.

The new owner of Ten-Tec and co-owner of Alpha Amplifiers is a fellow who sees value in those companies, both of which have historically produced fine equipment and customer service. He is working night and day to rebuild their core capabilities and from the looks of things in just over a year he has done an outstanding job! Debt free by the way! He is repairing Alpha amplifiers and Ten-Tec equipment of any vintage as long as parts are available. Wonder how many ham radio eqipment manufacturers can make that statement? He has rebuilt Alpha production capability, filled back orders for amplifiers and now has them on stock for immediate shipment! He has been shipping the Ten-Tec high end government spec receiver (RX-340) in considerable quantity. He has built a first class surface mount production facility which is already providing circuit boards for the Ten-Tec receiver, for Alpha amplifiers and I suspect also for other customers. He moved the Ten-Tec operation into a larger, more suitable building in Tennessee where they are servicing and assembling Ten-Tec equipment and preparing a production run of various pieces of gear incuding a run of Eagles. Did I say he has done all this without debt?? That does not sound to me like a dead or dying company.

I do have some experience in this field as I worked at a very successful company much like Dishtronics/Ten-Tec/Alpha and what I see is an interesting parallel business plan. I will make a prediction. The Ten-Tec funeral will not be held any time soon. Ten-Tec is on a slow but deliberate growth curve and it will not be too long until a lot of you nay sayers will be eating crow. What business is it of ours how long it takes? As long as things are growing all is well.

In case you are wondering I have no financial interest in Ten-Tec beyond being a very satisfied customer who is looking forward to being able to have my Ten-Tec gear serviced as needed and having a source of new and interesting radios and accessories becoming available. I and thousands of other Ten-Tec customers would like to see the company succeed. I take offense at what I consider stupid and misinformed comments about the demise of the company. Such blather is not only sensless, it can cause material damage to the company.

Why don't we just be quiet and let the new owner see this through. Go Mike!

73, -Lee- WA3FIY
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K9MHZ on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
There's a Ten Tec topic on the Companies Forum page. Actually sounds like good news for them, at least on page 13 of the thread.

When I saw this article and some of its replies, I had to reread some of those forum posts to see if I'd missed something.

I'm confused. Ah well....
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K2NSP on March 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hello, My name is Norm Kushner.
This is my first post.
The movie you are referring to is Other People's Money.
The product manufactured by New England Wire and Cable was
wire and cable. You are correct that Danny DeVito gave that speech.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by N4OI on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I hope TenTec stays solvent so it can continue to sell PTO rebuild kits!!

73 :>)
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by N4OI on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Don, N4KC wrote, "[...] (Oh, and Ham Radio is thriving, in case you didn't notice. Bands seem emptier? Blame sunspots, a half-dozen bands we didn't have in the 1970s spreading us out, more interest in CW (!!!), and all the guys now enjoying PSK31, RTTY, JT-65...) [...]"

I could not agree more. Every time I here one of these "bands are dead" claims, it is usually followed by "we must... increase HF privileges to techs... make the licensing process easier for youngsters... open up some new digital mode (read QRM) [pick a cause]... or else, we will lose the bands to... commercial interests... zombies... or whatever.

I wonder if these folks have dead receivers, forgot to switch their antennas from from their dummy loads, or are just listening to SSB (ignoring CW and digital) on the wrong bands at the wrong times during the wrong conditions?

Just sayin'

73 :>)
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W7VAQ on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Anytone is selling them, Part 90 complied, or so it says on Amazon, for a whopping $58.89.

NSTIG-8R Dual Band (VHF/UHF) Amateur (Ham), Commercial Portable Two-Way Radio

https://www.amazon.com/NSTIG-8R-Amateur-Commercial-Portable-Two-Way/dp/B00QMOE5UE
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by AE9C on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
*TEN TEC* produced what 'they wanted' to make..who"s at fault???
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K9MHZ on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"NSTIG-8R Dual Band (VHF/UHF) Amateur (Ham), Commercial Portable Two-Way Radio"

I'll bet that would be fun to watch on a spectrum analyzer.

 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by N8AUC on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
That's what you call a "real western rig".
Because it has lots of spurs.

 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by AI4WC on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Heck, I just had Yaesu repair and tune up my FT-897 and I couldn't be happier! Good, basic radio and no "whiz-bangs." Wake up folks! You can't tell if the "fix" worked or if the new $$$$ radio does it for you!
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K9MHZ on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"That's what you call a "real western rig".
Because it has lots of spurs."

Ha, not bad!
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W3TTT on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Already here - Bitx40 and the iBitx soon to come.
Has anyone on this list bought and built the Bitx?
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K6AER on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I built one about 12 years ago. worked OK but drifted about 3 KHz a minuet for the first hour. Had to change caps to get the transmit audio centered at 1500 Hz.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by WB4M on March 6, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
" Every time I here one of these "bands are dead" claims, it is usually followed by "we must... increase HF privileges to techs... make the licensing process easier for youngsters... open up some new digital mode (read QRM) [pick a cause]... or else, we will lose the bands to... commercial interests... zombies... or whatever."

Agree, the ARRL is doing that very thing now with yet another license alteration scheme.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by NY7Q on March 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I am on all the bands each day. Don't find a decline in ham radio at all. Just the opposite.
Do you have your antenna hooked up, all the bands you mentioned are loaded with hams 24/7. Propagation has been bad but manageable. I work phone and CW daily.
but, what do I know, only been a ham since 1953.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K6AER on March 7, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
The ham bands from 17-80 meters can be very active depending on the time of day. With just a dipole at 40 feet in the trees, I work plenty of stations on SSB and the CW portion of the bands is very active with DX. Lots of low power stations (under 100 watts) on CW. A legal limit amplifier on SSB helps for many stations have high noise levels. Remember if they can’t hear you they won’t call you.

Coming back to, the elephant in the living room, it is all fine and dandy to state your company is rising from the ashes like the Phoenix bird rising out of the flames but, unless you have deep pockets and the will to go up against someone (ICOM) with at least a three-year head start, again the business model will not fly. Flex (founded 2003) has been perfecting their SDR line for some time and has government/commercial contracts to ease the operational overhead. If anyone could come out with a SDR/7300 version, it might be them. But then why? Is there enough sales to justify spending $250-300K for such a small market? This brings the discussion back to ground zero. Maybe TenTec could have Flex design this radio for them.

TenTec would have to bring not only the right mix of technology to the ham market but would have to also bring their offering with much upgraded styling their radio line never seemed to have. In addition, is there enough market to justify pouring that much money into another Ham Radio rabbit hole.

Alpha is in a slightly different position. Their problem is not technology but location. They have way too much overhead. Unless the amplifiers can be made 50% cheaper they too will fade away.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by KT0DD on March 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
KK4OQS & K9MHZ

The NSTIG-8R is not the same as the TERMN-8R. The TERMN-8R boasted supposed type acceptance for GMRS as well as Ham and Part 90 in the same radio. You fiddled with button combinations when you turned it on to bring it up in GMRS format, Part 90 format or ham format separately. They thought this would be good enough to satisfy the FCC. It was not. The third party certifier thought it was ok and so it flew under the FCC radar for a few days until some commercial seller notified the FCC. then the stop was issued.

The NSTIG-8R is just SUPPOSEDLY Part 90 accepted.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by KE5GK on March 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
At 75 years of age, I have discovered it takes a whole lot more to make me angry and a whole lot less to make me happy. All of that said, the many comments to my article have produced a situation that resembles the eternal optimist who was present at Lakehurst, NJ when the LZ 129 Hindenburg tragically crashed in 1937. He looked at his watch and proudly announced, “Well, at least she got here on time!”

Glenn, KE5GK
 
It'll Be Here Soon!  
by W5BBB on March 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
So very sorry to hear that TenTec is merely history now. Tell you what, you send me your TenTecs and I'll send you my Kenwoods.
Favorite rig: TenTec 540.
...then Kenwoods, Icoms, Swans (also extinct).
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K9MHZ on March 15, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
>>>>All of that said, the many comments to my article have produced a situation that resembles the eternal optimist who was present at Lakehurst, NJ when the LZ 129 Hindenburg tragically crashed in 1937. He looked at his watch and proudly announced, “Well, at least she got here on time!”<<<<

Utterly ridiculous, laughable comment. The Hindenburg was a terrible sudden accident because of a design hazard that never manifested itself before. The business details with Ten-Tec have been ongoing and apparent to onlookers, to varying degrees. Now things appear to have worked themselves out, and there's a real sense of cautious optimism about their future. To liken it to a sudden, quick, impulsive disaster 80 years ago is quite a stretch, OM.

I'm assuming you've been a ham for a while(?) These very same dire warnings about Kenwood's amateur products have been played over and over. Then what do you know....they produce the 990 and the 570SG. Immediate silence from the industry experts.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by KA4DPO on March 17, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I look at Heathkit with the same cautious optimism as TenTec. I have no trepidation about Kenwood. They are still in the market and still selling amateur radio products.
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K9MHZ on March 18, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"I look at Heathkit with the same cautious optimism as TenTec."

Heathkit, or whatever/whomever/wherever they are today, the same as Ten-tec?

Um, OK.

 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by VE6ND on March 18, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Ham radio is not declining, the attitude of radio operators is declining from certain comments. Here in Calgary it's booming with more and more activity on V/U than there has been in years!
Not only that but SSB activity on 1269 is picking up, round tables on simplex almost every night.
So no, perhaps in your area it is but not here and seeing that HF "IS" declining those that are enthusiastic move higher, both technically and theoretically.

Glenn, VE6ND
 
RE: It'll Be Here Soon!  
by K4TIN on April 4, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Yes indeed. Elecraft has great appeal to those who love kit building, and they are a wonderful option to current black boxes from Japan. The idea of a quality, US made radio with sufficient features without a 250 page manual attracts folks like me--puzzles others perhaps. And yes, they are a bit pricey.
 
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