From: Caitlyn M. Martin (
Date: Sun Oct 11 1998 - 23:47:00 EDT

On Sun, 11 Oct 1998 15:47:31 -0400, Jim Fielden wrote:

>As many people that seem to want these (I would like one myself) Maybe we
>could make a connection with a good ol QRP-L Group Buy? That might make it
>worth their while to import 20 or 30 of them to the states to all the Happy
>togo QRP'ers...

Hi, Jim,

You know, when AEA and the other outfit in California had the Mizuho rigs
in the US, or when Orion had the Tokyo Hy-Power rigs, it was the bottom of
the sunspot cycle, which isn't exactly the best time for QRP operation on
bands like 6, 10, and 15. Their timing was awful, and they were small,
under-funded companies which didn't survive. They also didn't do nearly
enough marketing for long enough.

Now, instead, we are watching the cycle rise towards a peak. I worked in
the international transportation industry for 6 years, and know enough
about imports and customs brokerage, and have enough contacts, to bring
them in en masse. I also think I know enough to market them. It could be
done. What I don't have is anyone technical enough to do the warranty
repair work as well as service the older ones already in the country, nor
the capital to pull it off. Remember, these rigs are type accepted
already, so unless someone wanted to bring in P-series Mizuhos or Nishi
Musen rigs, you wouldn't have to face that rather substantial cost.

I hope some ham who does have the kind of capital necessary, or someone who
knows such a ham, reads this and realizes that there may just be an
opportunity here.


Caitlyn M. Martin "They have computers, and may have other weapons of mass destruction" -Janet Reno

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