Saturday, July 16, 2016

New CQ World Wide DX Contest Director Restructures Contest Leadership

CQWW DX Contest Director KR2Q
Newly-appointed CQ World Wide DX Contest Director Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, has announced a restructuring of the contest committee's leadership as his first formal act. Zwiebel is changing the director's position to a "triumverate," with Scott Robbins, W4PA, joining the committee and Bob Naumann, W5OV, re-joining the committee as co-directors. The change has the full support of CQ management.

"We will all share the various tasks of 'Director' and we all will provide backup or contingency coverage for each other for most, if not all, aspects of CQWW Committee leadership," explained Zwiebel, adding, "We are all equals."

Robbins and Naumann are both veteran contesters and are well-known in the amateur radio community. Robbins was Ten-Tec's Amateur Radio Product Manager for 12 years before purchasing the Vibroplex Company in 2009. Naumann – who previously served on the CQWW Contest Committee for 20 years – is Sales Manager of DX Engineering and worked previously for Array Solutions.

For additional details, see Zwiebel's complete announcement on the CQWW DX Contest blog at <>.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ham Radio Outlet Taking Over AES Web, Phone Businesses and Milwaukee Store Location

After Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) closes its doors on July 28, its online and phone customers will be served by former competitor Ham Radio Outlet (HRO), which is also taking over the AES flagship store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and planning to turn it into "the largest amateur radio retail showroom in North America." According to an HRO news release, the Danville, California-based chain of 14 amateur radio stores has also provided employment offers to "a number of soon to be former AES employees." AES announced July 1 that it would be shutting down its
operations by the end of the month.

Once the four current AES stores close on July 28, HRO says the <> website will be redirected to HRO's <> website and that callers to each AES store's phone numbers and toll-free number will be redirected to the closest HRO location "so as not to disrupt providing service to the AES customer base."

In addition, HRO says it will begin "an extensive remodeling project" at the AES Milwaukee location right after it closes on July 28, with plans to reopen by the end of August as the newest and largest HRO store. HRO President Robert Ferrero says the goal is to turn the Milwaukee store into "the largest, most well-stocked amateur radio retail store in North America and perhaps even the world."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) Going Out of Business

Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) has announced that it is ceasing operations as of the end of July, 2016.

The Milwaukee-based retailer has four locations around the country, including Milwaukee; Cleveland (Wickliffe), Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida. It has long been the nation's second-largest ham radio dealer, after Ham Radio Outlet. No reason was given for the decision to close the business.