From: Doug Hendricks (email@example.com)
TenTec had a good booth at Dayton. They were displaying most of
the kits that they are coming out with, and I was impressed with
several of them. The price is right, and they look fairly
interesting. The Regenerative receiver really caught my eye, as
it looks like a good boy scout type project. The cost is only
$39.95, and it comes complete with case. I ordered one and was
told that it would be about 2 months before it was ready to ship.
I also purchased several nice TenTec aluminum cabinets. Got them
for half price as a show special. The price really drops on
those cases when you buy 12 or more. I would suggest that you
find 2 or 3 other local qrpers and place an order that is large
enough to take advantage of the quantity discount. They have a
neat case in the TP-17 that is 1.75"H x 4.25"W x 3.5"D. It is
perfect for the 30-40 and 40-40 New England kits that I have.
MFJ also had their usual nice booth. A couple of interesting new
products were the "box fan" transmitting antenna, and the SSB
rig. They have an antenna that is inside of a box fan case, and
is capable of transmitting for hf. I was in a hurry, so did not
get the details.
Martin F. Jue himself sold me 1 of 2 SSB rigs that they brought
to the show. I got there 10 minutes after the show opened, so I
was first in line to ask about the rig. Martin is really proud
of the rig. He showed me all of the features and has a nice
looking radio. I asked him about the possibility of it being a
kit, and he told me that the subject has been considered and they
are waiting to see if there is any interest in it. Ok, guys,
here is the chance we have been waiting for. All of us need to
write a letter to Martin at MFJ. Address your letter to Mr.
Martin F. Jue, President, MFJ, box 494, Mississippi State, MS
39762. His fax number is 601-323-6551. Simply state in the
letter that you are interested in MFJ marketing a kit version of
their SSB QRP rig and also a kit version of their CW rig. He
indicated to me that if he got more than a couple of hundred
requests, it would be a strong indication of interest. Here it
is, a chance to help ourselves. Go for it.
72, Doug, KI6DS
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