Universal Radio Surprise!

Now I am not one for surprises! I really don’t like them at all. But on Friday I got a call from Tony the used radio manager from Universal Radio and he told me that he had located a mic for me. (see my other Universal article called Buyer Beware!).

Tony was a bit nervous but I quickly put him at ease by letting him know that I was not bent out of shape about the problem and proceeded to throw in a joke or two. Tony told me that things were not going well for him personally and was glad that I put him at ease.

As I listened to his problems, I quickly became glad that I was not in his line of work. It appears that selling used equipment presents all kinds of problems with returns of used equipment.

In summary, Tony explained that he was going to send the mic out. So now I sit and wait, hoping that the mic is in reasonable condition and it actually plugs in this time.

Stay Tuned.

Vibroplex Sending 73 From Its Mobile Alabama QTH

Knoxville, TN – Scott Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, TN. representing Cemorse LLC has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of The Vibroplex Company, Inc. from present owner Mitch Mitchell, W4OA. The agreement will become effective as of December 21, 2009.

Scott Robbins, Product Manager at Ten-Ten since 1997 will be parting company with his employer to take over full time management and ownership of Vibroplex.

Vibroplex will be moved from its current home in Mobile Alabama to a new QTH in Knoxville TN. The transition is planned for the last two weeks of 2009. The new location is supposed to be open for business on or about january 5th 2010.  The new QTH is 2906 Tazewell Pike, Suite A2B, Knxville TN 37918.  The toll free number is 800-840-8873.

“It’s a great opportunity to continue the more than 100 years of tradition that the Vibroplex name represents,” Robbins stated. “I’ve known Mitch for quite a few years and it was an important consideration for both of us that Vibroplex continue operation building quality products for amateur radio long into the future. Mitch’s experience owning the company will be valuable as we proceed with a seamless ownership transition over the next few weeks.”

Vibroplex Bug

Fred Lloyd of QRZ posted this:  “Vibroplex is the oldest operating business in the amateur radio industry and has been in continuous service to the hobby since founder Horace Martin invented the “bug” semi-automatic morse code key in 1904. Mr. Mitchell purchased Vibroplex in 1994, and has operated it from Mobile, AL for the past 15 years.”

For more information visit the Vibroplex Website.

24 Things Becoming Extinct In America

According to this blog entry, Amateur Radio is among the “things” becoming extinct in America. Read about the other 23 items and the full article about the extinction of Ham Radio here.

The Dodo Bird

The Dodo Bird

“However, proliferation of the Internet and its popularity among youth has caused the decline of amateur radio. In the past five years alone, the number of people holding active ham radio licenses has dropped by 50,000, even though Morse Code is no longer a requirement.”

What are your comments about this article and the “extinction” of our beloved hobby!