Is Palstar out of the linear amplifier business?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by J85K, Apr 24, 2011.

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  1. WB2WIK

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    Carl, you were probably dropping bread crumbs.

    Do you remember the issue of CQ that showed a huge dinner party at National Radio in the late 40s or early 50s and featured an article about the design team for the NC-300? The photo made it look like National must have employed at least a few hundred people back then, it was a big room very full of people sitting at tables. They must have been hugely successful.

    I think the article also discussed that J.W. Millen was once a National employee who then spun off to form his own company.

    I'll have to go look for that one.
  2. KA0HCP

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    Even though I wasn't born, I've always felt that I could have been part of the National design team. The controversy surrounding R12 has always been poignant! If I had been at the IRS auction instead of fighting dessert storm/dessert shield in the navy in 1991, I certainly would have bid on a replacement tuning knob for my NC-173. Finally, let me make clear: I don't do repairs. On amplifiers. For hams. :)
  3. G4FUT

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    Er....hatched then ?.....:)
  4. KM1H

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    I dont remember what the peak employment was but during my time there 1963-69 it peaked at 1200. That included National Company and National Radio Company which combined covered military and government contracts, commercial, components, knobs. NC and NRC had seperate R&D facilities for many years and were combined shortly before I left for greener pastures.

  5. WB2WIK

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    Must have been a fascinating place to work. You were there in the HRO-500 development and market release days.

    I worked after school (as a teen) at a large amateur radio dealership in NJ that had the National line (and every other line there was) and we stocked NCX-5s, NCL-2000s, HRO-500s and the little National 200 low-end transceivers, which were all on the market at that time (68-69-70). I loved the HRO-500. It was the first receiver I ever used with the features it had (military stuff probably did, but I had no experience with that) and was a very slick design. I would have given a kidney to have one, but I was a poor teen, transitioning from high school to college and barely making ends meet.

    I did own an NC-303 and several other National receivers. My first "real" receiver that actually worked worth a damn was an NC-125 which was older than I was but it worked and I was enthralled to have it.

    I loved the '303 because it was so big and roomy inside, I installed three VHF-UHF converters literally inside its enclosure, screwed to its rear panel and powered by the accessory socket (they were Ameco nuvistor converters).

    Always wanted an HRO-500, though.
  6. W1QJ

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    I don't take those expressions lightly, I could probably get you an Icom 7800 if you want to make good on that. Lou
  7. KA0HCP

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    Ah, the give and take of bartering, a friendly tradition of hamming!
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