My concern is that moving the assembly of the V6, etc., to obtain parts here in the USA would also require that the toroids be wound here in America.
I appreciate much that the Indian women at HF Signals are winding the toiroids and are doing the assembly. I have wound single layer and trifilar toroids and while it is something I can do, it is tedious as I have had extensive eye surgery (three on left eye and five on right eye) due to double retinal detachment and cataracts.
The women there are expert and professional and I am more than willing to pay for them to do it: It's one of many reasons to buy the HF Signal transceivers rather than build it here and then (possibly) go through a trouble-shooting phase.
The alignment is another issue since it's ready to work out of the box and while others may see alignment as a simple task and while I could perfect the process with some time and experimentation, I'd rather just use the radio right off than go through a possible delaying process. Incidentally, I have built most of what Heathkit had in the transceiver and accessories line and such activity would be more a challenge at this point in my life than gaining a sense of accomplishment.
Therefore, even if HF Signals offers a "streamlined kit" with specific parts like PC board and unique parts, I sincerely hope that kits such as the Basic Kit and Complete Kit continue to be available.
I just sent my V6 to my mountain-topping son in California (N5DIM) and almost immediately ordered another Complete Kit for my personal use. Ease of use is a factor but the receiver in the V6 is hard to beat for being so sensitive and quiet. Congratulations in sharing such a unique radio with such simplicity of operation. For what it is, the V6 is unbeatable...!
Kudos must also go to the women at HF Signals who are, in my opinion, top-of-the line builders/assemblers. It's almost as if the toroids were machine-made. They must have achieved their own level of quality control due to the boards are top level quality both in layout and build.
Bob — KK5R