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Old 11-30-2002, 01:20 PM
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And I can't seem to find one. I have been out of the hobby for some years almost 20. WHat happened top Kraft, Proline, cannon, specialist, S&O, etc...


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Look here:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/showthread...hreadid=373426]
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Old 11-30-2002, 02:35 PM
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Default I want an american made radio set

Originally posted by flatfour
Look here:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/showthread...hreadid=373426
You think this radio is made in the US? I doubt it....
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> WHat happened top Kraft, Proline, cannon, specialist, S&O, etc... <

Sadly, the same thing that happened to most of our consumer electronics- they are made in Asia.

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Default Re: I want an american made radio set

Originally posted by jskrebs
And I can't seem to find one. I have been out of the hobby for some years almost 20. WHat happened top Kraft, Proline, cannon, specialist, S&O, etc...


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Jeff, all radios that were made in the US years ago were all very small companies, and when the Japonese invasion happened with Futaba which is a large corporation and their line of radio control happens to be a very small segment of there operation, they could easily come out with radios that were cheaper because of mass produce and could take some losses while the others went under.
Here you have company that is keeping alive some of the US made technology. http://mstar2k.com/

If you don't want either that nor the Asian radios, then you can go to the German technology with Multiplex.
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The Polk website seems to indicate that all manufacturing of their products is in New Jersey.

If this is true, it's hard to believe they can compete in price with the Asian brands.

This may also explain the physical appearance of the transmitter.

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The POLK radio is manufactured in Korea!

I believe Bill Cannon is alive and well someplace in Arizona and he still has new sets to sell. Unfortunately I do not know where he is located.
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there will probably never be another radio or electronic equipment MADE in the US lol, there designed here and made in china, thats how all things are now
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Still making 'em in Australia!

www.silvertone.com.au



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Hey, Jeff, I want a big old 5 cent Clark bar but those days are gone. Just like the American radio, it passed into history.

Welcome back to planet earth in the year 2002!
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Originally posted by fiery
Still making 'em in Australia!

www.silvertone.com.au



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I have just looked at the Australian Silvertone radio. Looks very nice, but for the mid 70's. It is an antiquated design at best which should sell for about $150.00 but sell about $900.00.
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Thank you for all your feedback,

My question was partly rhetorical as I work in the industrial automation and software industry and our products are starting to be built overseas.

But,

This is America and we can build the Pentium 4 chip and develop the most complex software on the planet, not to mention BioTech. I'll even cede the PC board level and servo product to the overseas crowd, but someone in the US should be configuring some awesome high quality transmitters and PC side set up software.

I bought a couple of Firebird II's and a Wattage lightning to see if I could get my kids interested in RC. Both can fly these things as good as I can after a few tries at the helm. Now I want to move up. Both the Microstar and the Australian units look good.

I should never have sold my Pro-line and Kraft stuff!!
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Originally posted by jskrebs
Thank you for all your feedback,

My question was partly rhetorical as I work in the industrial automation and software industry and our products are starting to be built overseas.

But,

This is America and we can build the Pentium 4 chip and develop the most complex software on the planet, not to mention BioTech. I'll even cede the PC board level and servo product to the overseas crowd, but someone in the US should be configuring some awesome high quality transmitters and PC side set up software.

I bought a couple of Firebird II's and a Wattage lightning to see if I could get my kids interested in RC. Both can fly these things as good as I can after a few tries at the helm. Now I want to move up. Both the Microstar and the Australian units look good.

I should never have sold my Pro-line and Kraft stuff!!

Don't feel bad about letting go of your Proline or Kraft. I too had these radios, and the Proline was my all time favorites, but they would no longer be legal in the present state with the AMA or MAAC.
Bite the bullet and get a new generation radio.
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If you want a Kraft Gold Spectrum system (needs batteries and probably a new fuse in the TX), 4 Kraft servos, for just the cost of shipping it to you send me an email.
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Originally posted by jskrebs
This is America and we can build the Pentium 4 chip and develop the most complex software on the planet, not to mention BioTech.
Apples and oranges. You're comparing the leading edge of mass consumer technology to a relatively unsophisticated nitche market (RC). Not to get into politics, but I'd rather see American investment going into something that is cutting edge and has a high growth potential than a rather stagnant field such as RC. The market tends to bear this out as well.

If it was viable to make a radio set in the US, I'm sure someone would be doing it.
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Hi Roger

Silvertone radio's are rugged dependable units which are custom built to the individual user's specs. Definitely non-computer. The owner has contracts with the Defence Dept here in Australia.

Want a single stick "knobby" because of preference or impairment? No problem. Want up to 24 channels? Can do. Want to talk to the man who designs them and owns the business? A pleasure. Mil. spec quality parts. Silvertone radio's - Not the latest word in design, but they have a role to play.

People still buy Morgan sports cars (no major design change to chassis since 1933 - and proud of it!). There's a waiting list.

And have you checked out the latest sales figures for Triumph's venerable Bonneville 750 twin?

It's all about what you want I guess. Today's all singing, all dancing products, in 6 months are yesterday's news.



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Hello fiery.

Thank's for opening my eyes to the beauty of Silvertone. That is exactly the kind of post I read RCU for.

It's nice to hear about alternative options to my equipment needs, and sometimes I get lost in the pursuit of "high" technology.

Your reply on this thread has reminded me of the fact that fancy bells and whistles are not the only things worth considering when choosing one product over another.

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Originally posted by fiery
Hi Roger

Silvertone radio's are rugged dependable units which are custom built to the individual user's specs. Definitely non-computer. The owner has contracts with the Defence Dept here in Australia.

Want a single stick "knobby" because of preference or impairment? No problem. Want up to 24 channels? Can do. Want to talk to the man who designs them and owns the business? A pleasure. Mil. spec quality parts. Silvertone radio's - Not the latest word in design, but they have a role to play.

People still buy Morgan sports cars (no major design change to chassis since 1933 - and proud of it!). There's a waiting list.

And have you checked out the latest sales figures for Triumph's venerable Bonneville 750 twin?

It's all about what you want I guess. Today's all singing, all dancing products, in 6 months are yesterday's news.



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I certainly didn't mean to offend you or the radio manufacturer, but by today's standard, a non computer radio at these prices, I don't think so.

Maybe for someone that has never owned a computer radio and is just getting back after a long layoff and have a lot of nostalgic, but not for me.

As for the Triumph, the name is old but the bike isn't. Its all new technology.

As for defense department, I'm also selling my Fiber Optic extensions to two defence department, but it doesn't mean everybody is running to buy them.
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Hey, Roger, no drama. The R/C world's big enough to cater for all
tastes. As for prices, Silvertone are very reasonable - remember, $1 Aus =$ .55 cents US! - Your dollar buys almost 2 of ours!

Wouldn't it be boring if we all flew with brand X radio's?
And many people value true quality and reliability, over the latest bells and whistles.

(Says me, with my name down for an MPX RE12 when they arrive).

As for Triumph motorcycles, I ride, and can say that you may be confusing the latest Sports bikes that Triumph make (quite nice they are too - the Daytona 995i is a serious contender) with their "classic" product.

The Bonneville is DEFINiTELY '70's (and earlier) technology, so far as frame and motor are concerned, just put together using today's improved manufacturing techniques and updates to comply with smog laws etc. Check it out at:

www.triumph.co.uk/site/bikes/page.cfm?BikeID=64

A true classic.

Go in peace, all who fly (and ride!).

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Jeez.

All I wanted was a US made 5 channel, High quality radio.

Did not mean to start a marketing/ExIm discussion

Triumph? Love them things
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Even the Japanese are having their stuff made in china or Korea
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Originally posted by jskrebs
My question was partly rhetorical as I work in the industrial automation and software industry and our products are starting to be built overseas.
I wholsale industrial controls and our complete line is now made overseas so I know where your coming from. However, both technolgies (RC and Industrial Control) are superior to what we were making and at better prices.

IMO lets let the US keep making the Pentiums and trade them for the superior Asian radio gear.
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Originally posted by LarryFlew


I wholsale industrial controls and our complete line is now made overseas so I know where your coming from. However, both technolgies (RC and Industrial Control) are superior to what we were making and at better prices.

IMO lets let the US keep making the Pentiums and trade them for the superior Asian radio gear.
Asian radio or German radios (Multiplex)
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Sorry to tell ya, but many of the Pentium chips are made overseas.
My current chip was fabed in Maylasia.
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there designed in USA, made in China, big difference
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