TEN-TEC Announcement January 4, 2016

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KI4JPL, Jan 4, 2016.

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  1. KI4JPL

    KI4JPL Ham Member QRZ Page

    The following is from the new owner of TEN-TEC


    As some of you may be aware, Dishtronix has purchased the assets (but not the liabilities) of Ten Tec from RKR Designs. . I had desired to keep this under wraps until Ten Tec is reorganized, but there is too much speculation concerning the service department to continue without an announcement of some sort.

    There is a myriad of things that must be accomplished before everything is formalized. Unfortunately these things must be done before we can continue with jobs that were sent in for repair to RKR. At this time I would ask people to be patient and please do not call or email me about your repair. When we get the phone numbers transferred successfully or new phone numbers we will post them. As we progress with the change, someone will contact you about your repair. When service resumes we will be contacting the repair customers.

    As some of you may be aware I have been looking at all aspects of operation of the company and restructuring operations has been necessary. In reviewing the service department accounts, it is apparent that some customers use the service department to diagnose the radio and elect to not proceed with the repair. Unfortunately this open door policy costs the company one hour of billable time to receive, unpack, open, diagnose, provide an estimate and repack a radio for return to the customer.

    Effective immediately, all radios including those sent in to RKR, will incur a 140.00 minimum charge to look at a radio, even if it is not repaired. Service time is 125 per hour with the average repair requiring from one to two hours. This means you can expect to pay at least 265.00 plus parts and return shipping for any repair.

    For customers who sent radios in to RKR which were not repaired, who object to these terms, we will return your unit to you at your expense.

    A second problem in the service department is with the time technicians spend on the telephone that quite often ends up having nothing to do with the Ten Tec product but is some other station deficiency. The problem here is Ten Tec is not compensated for that time, yet Ten Tec pays wages to the technician. When the service department resumes operation, Ten Tec will charge the customer for any telephone call or email that consumes more than five minutes of technician time. That time will be billed in quarter hour increments at the prevailing service rate.

    I am fully committed to bring Ten Tec back to a sustainable state. This will take some time. Please give us time to finalize these plans since there are so many business related issues to get through. We will definitely need to rely on you as customers to help continue the Ten Tec tradition of innovative product and cutting edge technology.


    Given the content of the new owners announcement above, I (John Henry) also request that if you can wait a while for your product to get serviced in the Ten Tec service department, please let them alone until they get back with you as he described above. If you absolutely have to have your unit back now, then the service@... email address is still working, and will continue to work. The phones are in transition, so I doubt you will be able to call and get an answer for a while. once phones are set up, the numbers will be announced. Once the website is ready, everything will be on it. Remember, if going to tentec.com takes you to rkrdesignsllc.com, then the website transition has not completed yet.

    Given the nature of this announcement, and it will almost positively bring out more questions, again, please be patient. The new owner is working through a lot of business issues, and I myself work a full time day job and consult into the evening, so, answers may be few and far between. Though this announcement is going out to a lot of venues, I will attempt to monitor


    73, KI4JPL
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  2. NS0R

    NS0R Ham Member QRZ Page


    I wonder if we may see a new solid state amp in the next few yrs.
    W0SNG likes this.
  3. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Reasonable policies and sound business decisions. It's nice to have the formal announcement of ownership.

    Best wishes to the new Ten-Tec! b.
    KG7ALM, KB2HSH, K8DHH and 2 others like this.
  4. AF7EC

    AF7EC Ham Member QRZ Page

    As far as the new charges, that sounds reasonable. Being a small business owner myself, I can appreciate how "just a quick question" can go on for a while and cost real money. I hope Ten-Tec can bounce back and be a real success!
    W0MRD, KB2HSH, K8DHH and 3 others like this.
  5. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Best of luck John in your efforts to get Ten-Tec back on track many of us look forward to your success.
    K8DHH likes this.
  6. AA4FL

    AA4FL Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Glad to see you are headed in the right direction. I look forward to a renewed Ten-Tec that keeps excellent products in it's product line. American manufactured and not just designed would be ideal...
    K8DHH likes this.
  7. N4KCD

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    I love my TenTec products and applaud your business sense to get the company back to health. I hope the transition will be as painless as is possible and hope there will be new products (American Made and Designed) soon.

    N3JAC, K8DHH and KE4KE like this.
  8. W0VTT

    W0VTT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Dishtronix has had a solid state amp on the market for some time now:
    Make sure you're sitting down when you look at the prices...
    Mike W0VTT
  9. AF8JC

    AF8JC Ham Member QRZ Page

    After visiting the dishtronix website I discovered that they are located not too far from me (50 miles) and that I won't be buying any amplifiers from them. Base price is 11 grand! and it can go up from there. Being nearby, I would have to pay another $600 or so in sales tax. Oh well.....
  10. KG0MN

    KG0MN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do hope that the sky high prices for the Dishtronix watt meter and amp will not be the new pricing model for Ten Tec.
    WD8FM likes this.

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