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Yeah, man, but it would put me back in business, :)
On 11/6/2020 6:16 PM, Charlie T, k3ICH
No, you don’t have
You have a
replacement obsolete parts inventory.
I had my K3 fully upgraded and Elecraft returned the original
board with my K3. Now I have my "spare parts" inventory.
My question is to find out which other boards should I have
in my K3 inventory to round out my spare stock? Your
suggestion would be appreciated. Elecraft?
73, Lou KE1F
PS: Components used to be available for 10 or more years
because these components were used by several manufacturers in
new and old products such as 0.01uF capacitor. Today we are
talking about sub-assemblies, contain hundreds of components
and used by 1 manufacturer.
On 11/6/2020 10:29 AM, Michael Mickelson
It is heartening to see that Elecraft
is researching what parts might be in demand for the K3
and K3S. I purchased my K3,P3, KPA500 and KAT500 about
10 years ago. It goes without saying it is the best radio
I have ever had, not that I have any experience with some
of the high end radios made by the big three. I know that
there is anxiety over the ability to continue to repair
and replace vital parts for these Elecraft radios. But I
wonder how long Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom, etc repair and
provide spare parts for their legacy radios? It is not
surprising that Elecraft has to decide to end support at
some level. I perhaps have one more radio upgrade in my
future...maybe a K4.
On Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 9:30 AM Mark
Morin <mark@...> wrote:
Fred, I agree with you that it’s
disappointing from a company that enjoys such a stellar
reputation for support to discontinue their flagship
product without adequate parts in inventory to provide
continued support for the product.
I understand that building parts inventory for a
discontinued product isn’t the most efficient way to run
a business in the short term, but it’s the RIGHT way for
long-term success and sustaining customer good will.
I used to work for a large radio manufacturer whose
policy it was to maintain a supply of spare parts fo a
minimum of 10 years after the cancellation of a product.
That usually meant a final production run for spare
parts, which the accountants might have thought wasteful
but more enlightened management saw as a vital long term
this survey to see which parts have sufficient demand
for a production run seems like a penny-punching
approach. I had hoped for better when I chose Elecraft
for my station equipment.
Anderson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, emeritus