Tentec and Alpha UPDATES

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  1. K4TAX

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    Subject: UPDATE: Status of Alpha RF Systems and TEN-TEC
    Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:37:50 +0100
    From: 'rick@dj0ip.de' Rick@dj0ip.de


    Dear OM and YL’s

    Last night Mike Dishop gave me an update on the current status of the two companies and asked me to pass it on wherever I can. Here is the status, followed by a personal message from me:

    BOTH COMPANIES ARE ALIVE AND WELL AND DEFINITELY STILL IN BUSINESS !

    It is sad to read the recent email posts on several forums, questioning whether these two companies are out of business or still in business. Both companies are very much alive and slowly progressing.

    Recently Dishtronix completed its two new web pages for these companies, migrated all of the data from its old RKR website to the two individual new web sites, and closed down the old site. This is great progress.

    UNFORTUNATELY the closing of the old site was seen as an omen of bad news when indeed it is a breath of fresh air!

    The new sites are now up and running.

    Here are the two new web sites:
    … ALPHA: http://www.alpharfsystems.com

    … TEN-TEC: http://www.tentec.com

    Here is the current status of both companies:

    ALPHA: Alpha is currently producing 9500 and 8410 amplifiers. Both amplifiers will be back in stock in March (2017) and sitting on the shelves. All back orders have already been filled. Alpha repair service has always been operating and continues to deliver first class service to its customers.

    TEN-TEC: Ten-Tec has moved to its new, larger facility and has continuously repaired radios at its Sevierville TN site. It has been getting repaired radios out the door on a daily basis (except for the few days where they were moving shop). There is still no telephone service. Email-only. Service requests should be sent to service@tentec.com .

    “Robert” is answering emails, but only works on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you email on Friday, you need to be patient because he isn’t going to read it until Tuesday. The repair technicians are working five days a week fixing radios.

    TEN-TEC production: The current plan is to do a small run of Eagle transceivers. The projected price (stripped) is $1600 to $1700. It is obvious that Ten-Tec cannot compete on price alone with the subsidized engineering in Japan and slave (like) labor in China. If you love Ten-Tec and want a Ten-Tec radio, then you will have to pay what it costs to build a Ten-Tec in USA.

    [End of official Message]

    Privately I wish to say thank you to Mike Dishop for all of his efforts to rescue these two traditional American companies. He is fighting an uphill battle and rather than coaching him on, it seems some people would rather re-send false and fake news about his efforts – as if they hope he will fail. Disgusting!


    At the end of the day it is up to us to decide whether we want Alpha RF Systems and Ten-Tec to survive, or go the route of Collins, Drake, Hammerlund, Heathkit, and others.

    I challenge all of you to join me in applauding Mike Dishop for his efforts to keep these two companies alive, but Mike is beginning to feel like nobody cares anymore, based on the ongoing flow of negative emails.

    If you approve of his efforts , PLEASE EXPRESS IT IN AN EMAIL – (he reads our email posts).

    Just REPLY here to this email.

    You don’t have to send money, just tell Mike you appreciate his efforts.

    The ball is in YOUR court. Come on guys, LET’S DO IT.

    73
    Rick, DJ0IP
     
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  2. WA2ALY

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  3. WA2ALY

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    Suggest the Orion III has two (2) large (the same size) nobs
     
  4. WA2ALY

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    #1: consider the Orion III to have two (2) large /same size VFO knobs.
    Nothing screams 'ORION ' more than those two, same size knobs.

    #2: when you are ready to sell Alpha amplifiers again. You had better use the 'BRICK ON THE KEY', advertisement.
    Nothing screams ALPHA AMPLIFIER, more than the 'BRICK ON THE KEY' .
    And you had better use an American straight key. (with a RED knob).
     
  5. WA2ALY

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    While I'm at it.
    No one wants to see Mike, TEN TEC, or ALPHA fail.
    (so please avoid the False News Jargon)
    The silence you hear is the silence of hope and patience.
     
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  6. WF9Q

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    You need to remember that its not the cost, its the rich feature matrix that makes me pry open my wallet. What is the point in a mature model that will not be stimulating to the end user.
    One thing I need is a radio that functions as an internet appliance, not BS this and that arcane crap. Use Dyn and a web browser for remote access, just plug in the ethernet cable, set up dyn, go home and hit it with a web browser. This is the year 2017 not 1990 like icom is still stuck in, the 7300 is a cool radio that Ten Tec will have to compete with it. Icom's remote software is useless, its cool if you want your rig on a monitor in the shack.
    Second would be CW mode over the internet from a remote location, if Ten Tec could master that it would be another selling point.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017
  7. KT7TT

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    Mike, I for one, appreiate your work in keeping Alpha and Ten-Tec alive. We CAN compete with foreign competition in this country, and hopefully more Americans will realize if we don't help ourselves by buying American, no one else is going to help us ! Keep up the good work.
    Mark KT7TT
     
  8. W8AAZ

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    I like the idea of US made radios, and have purchased TT. However the reality is, it is a pretty complicated product for a rather niche market, and to expect lower prices is unrealistic. I suppose if the ham radios were a sideline to a more profitable commercial market, it would be likely that they could succeed. The Japanese companies have commercial lines to support the bottom line. The only company making "economical" stuff for US hams is MFJ, and we know what the naysayers say about them.
     
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  9. WF9Q

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    Remember Dick Ehrhorn (I if recall correctly) ETO amplifiers.
     
  10. WD4IGX

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    If you like the local software just set up a computer in the shack running that and then a remote desktop connection to it from wherever. I'm already planning to do that with my just arrived Peaberry QRP SDR.
     

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