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Alpha 4040 Tuner someday soon? Alpha 9500 Amp now.

With Ten-Tec and Alpha/RF Concepts merged some good things are happening.

Some of the Amps and Radios have really aggressive sale pricing. Example the Alpha-9500 Amp which had been raised this year to $8,750 is available for $6,995 – a combination of a $755 drop in list price and another $1,000 off in sale pricing. In my case they threw in the plug (usually another $50) and shipping was an affordable $125 for a net $7,120 vs. what would have been $8,925+ before the merger and the summer mega sale.

Amp pricing is also being affected by the pricing jostling between the different manufacturers, and Alpha as a similar hot deal on their manual tune model.

The Ten-Tec radios are also aggressively priced for the sale. Tempting to pick one up as a backup radio…

I’ve read where some hams are worrying that the Alpha Amps might become orphans – a valid consideration if the new merged company gave signs of anything other than success. Right now many of their products went from in-stock/overstocked to short backorder which means they don’t have to move the inventory, their sales are up, and enough of us are ordering to make forward sales positive.

The best news is that the Alpha 4040 Tuner project seems to have been given new life, with announcements that the design is stable, testing (including abusive high power switching testing) has gone well, the form factor has been reduced and stabilized and the processor upgraded. No delivery date yet or confirmation of meeting the price target either, though this latest communication sure is more transparent and encouraging than the silence or limited communications during the long wait.

Good stuff happening.




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A bit more Hiatus

Life continues to be very busy and in the midst I’ve been working to correct some vision issues, a process which sharply limits my computer time.

Have done a bit of operating a few weekends at George W9EVT’a shack, as I have not set up the gear at Rocky Ridge Farm yet.

So this is much a place holder post to assure readers not all is forgotten!



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Post Number 900 to With Varying Frequency – Amateur Radio Ponderings

It is a sort of nonsense milestone, but in the fashion that WordPress counts Blog Posts, this is my 900th update to With Varying Frequency – Amateur Radio Ponderings.

For the most part my original project goals are continuing, a chance to share what others have been kind enough to teach me about Amateur Radio and gather those lessons in one spot.

I’m comfortable with the formula and the hundreds of people who read With Varying Frequency daily appear to also be OK with things, on a good day perhaps a thousand people have a read.  I thank them all.

Looking forward, I am hoping to have more guest posts and to slowly move select items of content to a static webpage format where new amateur radio enthusiasts can more quickly find them.

I’m not happy with the “Tag Cloud” implementation of the blog, nor the blog diary-pages format, and will favor a more conventional keyword index & organization in developing the static articles.

I very much hope that at least a few potential hams and new hams have in some small way been helped by something in what I have written over these 900 posts.



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