[amsat-bb] Re: Kenwood THD7AG availability

edcollins@att.net edcollins at att.net
Wed Jun 4 19:36:38 PDT 2008

Hi All,

  I talked to the Kenwood national sales manager at Dayton Hamvention about the shortage of TH-D7Ag HTs.  He told me that one of their parts suppliers had stopped making some of the ICs and that he doubted if they would produce more large production runs.  Some parts were to become available, however this would most likely satisfy the outstanding backorders.  After that it was doubtful that anymore TH-D7Ag s would be made.  A quick check for the HT at Dayton turned up some at HRO, AES and R&L.  Many other dealers were out of stock and had units on back order.

  The TH-D7A been in production since 1996.  There has always been a shortage of these units and production has seldom kept up with demand.   A few years ago I waited 5 or 6 weeks for one of the radios to be shipped to my dealer.

 Lesson:  If you want one and find it at a dealer, don't hesitate!  Buy it right away.  There will not be any TH-D7As available when current stocks are sold out.

Ed Collins
Dayton AMSAT Hamvention Coordinator

-------------- Original message from joe cassano aka jmario <jmario at fast.net>: -------------- 

> All 
> I've wanted to purchase a Kenwood THD7AG for several weeks but the place 
> that I usually purchase from has been saying (on their web site) that 
> the D7 is out of stock for more than a month. I called them and I was 
> told that Kenwood is basically noncommittal and perhaps even evasive 
> when asked about future THD7 shipments. Did anyone who attended Dayton 
> happen to engage any Kenwood reps in a conversation about the THD7? If 
> so would you tell us what you heard? 
> The THD7AG is presently listed on the Kenwoodusa'a web site. 
> Inquiring minds would like to know what is going on here... 
> My list of possibles are RoHS compliance issues (aka tin whiskers are in 
> your future), someone is trying to avoid the classic Osborne-I to 
> Osborne-II sales and marketing debacle prior to introducing a follow on 
> to the D7, or perhaps the market is too small to justify continued 
> manufacturing... 
> JoeC K3FMA 
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