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Callipygous
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Icon 1 posted March 20, 2009 02:34      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This one is mainly for the political wonks here, but I urge everyone to give it a listen.

The Radio 4 programme Analysis broadcast this detailed and illuminating essay on the global effects of the financial crisis yesterday. It is available as a transcript or podcast, and is well worth the download. It is too easy to get obsessed by our own problems, both personal and national, but there are much bigger issues at stake here than, for example, the absurd bonuses paid out by AIG etc, or my own finances disappearing down the toilet.

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TheMoMan
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______________________ Callipygous __ I agree the poor are going to pay for the greed of the rich. One Auto dealer near where I live is running ads, that hint that 90% of you still have jobs, that is only 4% less than before. Low Middle & Low income earners are afraid to spend any of their extra money, they are hungering down for the next wave of bad news. The fear being if I spend and it does come what will I do.

While we know that this is counterproductive how does a community come to grips with we must spend to ensure we can spend. Its like telling a beginning driver to steer into the skid.

Nationalism also plays into this, I want a new radio, however No Ham Radios are built by American companies, In my price range. Do I save until I can afford an American one and hope that they are still in Business next year,

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
I want a new radio, however No Ham Radios are built by American companies, In my price range. Do I save until I can afford an American one and hope that they are still in Business next year,

Motorola has a controlling (80%) interest in Vertex Standard, the makers of Yaesu radios. Here's Motorola's press release announcing the tender offer. They completed that tender offer in January 2008.

(Disclaimer: I own a couple of Yaesu HTs myself. They're good, tough radios, and an excellent value for the money, IMHO.)

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_____________________ Erbo __ I knew that Motorola was buying Vertex, However where are they built.

TenTec= Tennesee

Flex= Unsure but they are USA

Elecraft= Unsure but they are USA

Then when you look at the features I want you are not looking at Bargain radios, I have a Boat Anchor Radio a KenWood Trio TS-820S that is getting long in the tooth but still gives very good results.

I am in the planning stages on building an 80m G5RV to be put up as an Inverted Vee. As soon as the Doctors say I can go up the tower again. I plan on bringing the window line right to the tuner just inside the barn. Right now I am working with a 40m/20m (fan) dipole as an IV.

Erbo what call district are you in?

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Erbo
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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
_____________________ Erbo __ I knew that Motorola was buying Vertex, However where are they built.

Probably Japan. However, if you want to quibble about it, probably a lot of radios that are supposedly "American built" use components sourced from overseas...

However, I'm not one to tell you what rig you should or shouldn't use.
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Erbo what call district are you in?
District 10, which includes Colorado. I finally got the license not long after Pamela left. She wanted to get one before she left--seeing as how she could have operated in Finland with it under the rules there--but there wasn't time before she left. One day I'll convince Sabrina to take the test (as her dad's a ham too, District 5), and I've got a nice Yaesu 2-meter HT waiting for her when she does...
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_______________ Erbo _ I had a Yaesu, an early 2m it had a whopping four memories and no tone board I added that and used it for quite a while. However I got turned off by the cult like owners that tended to talk down to people that did not use Yaesu. I have a couple of Icoms, and a couple of Kenwoods,

Now if you want to get me that TenTec Orion IIV please do, I don't think I would need a new radio after that. One of the club members has one and only uses it for CW, no digi or phone. He is one of those guys that has an old vibroplex with the swinging arms, his CW sounds so sweet when slowed down to a rate I can decode. His spacing is good enough for most decode programs to work.

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Benjamin Franklin,

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