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Author Topic: Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?  (Read 294 times)

Offline ThaDood

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Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?
« on: August 18, 2020, 0606 UTC »
Yeah, is this the last domestic crystal manufacturer left. And do they actually make crystals here?     http://bomarcrystal.com/
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Re: Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2020, 1151 UTC »
I don't think anyone uses xtals anymore. Cardinal have made programmable ones for ages and even some of those are going obsolete! $5 for any frequency and with bespoke xtals being $25 for 20+ it's just not worth bothering. Even cheaper are DDS's but then there's the associated circuitry but all that is smaller than an HC6U!

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Re: Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2020, 1234 UTC »
I don't think anyone uses xtals anymore. Cardinal have made programmable ones for ages and even some of those are going obsolete! $5 for any frequency and with bespoke xtals being $25 for 20+ it's just not worth bothering. Even cheaper are DDS's but then there's the associated circuitry but all that is smaller than an HC6U!

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Re: Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2020, 1503 UTC »
It should be noted that Bomar does not make crystals.  They job shop their work to places overseas, which is why one-offs take 6-8 weeks to be made.

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Re: Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2020, 1757 UTC »
Thanks Chris!!!! Well, I still will get DDS OSC's for various projects, but replacement crystals for various older rigs and even TCXO's for a couple of Kenwood rigs that I want to tighten the FREQ spec's on, (Like a TS-50S, a TS-60S, and a TS-711A.). Yes, there are replacement TCXO's out there that some places are offering for stupid money, but why use a middle man, when I can just order what I want from the source?
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Re: Is Bomar Crystal the last one in USA?
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2020, 0556 UTC »
Same in the UK with 'Quartslab', I was expecting they were made in UK but obviously not as it will probably be CH.

I'm still miffed I didn't 'Discover' Cardinal CPP earlier, even bought a programmer and now they're going obsolete in the half DIL plug in size, most inconvenient!

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