DISCONTINUED KITS

 

North Country Radio has been supplying kits since 1986, many of which appeared as published Magazine articles in now extinct electronics magazines such as Radio Electronics, Electronics Now, Popular Electronics which are now out of print. The Electronics hobby has changed greatly since the 1980s, due to technological advancements and the digital revolution. Rapid advancements have also resulted in short lifecycles for component availability, with often quick obsolescence of specialized parts. The kits that have been discontinued generally contain parts that are no longer manufactured, and / or are now no longer economically viable to purchase. This happens as manufacturers discontinue parts that are in declining demand. Some of our kits were designed in the late 80s and the 1990s, and parts that were plentiful then are no longer available or very difficult to find. Mainly, these are generally certain specialized IC devices. While some of these parts can still be obtained in surface mount versions or in surplus, reliable long term supplies are not guaranteed and it follows that it is not economically prudent to invest in PC boards for these kits. Available surface mount replacements may be too small and difficult to work with, or unavailable except in very large quantities.

Quite a few of our kits are specialized items that  involve high frequencies and oddball applications not available from the local electronics emporium, such as our Active antenna, LF and VHF transmitters, and receiving downconverters, other RF kits, and some unique lighting controllers. Some of these kits contain mainly linear circuitry which cannot be implemented with stock hobbyist modules and boards. We will continue to supply these items plus any new ideas that come up, as long as there is a demand and parts are still available, and we continue to support as far as possible, parts and service for our kits that have been discontinued. We can still supply most of the remaining parts and manuals for these kits.

 

KIT
Status
Parts Still Available
PC Boards Available
Technical Support Available
         
IF44
Key Part(s) mfr discontinued
Some, Please Call
No
Yes
Voice ID
Key Part(s) mfr discontinued
Some, Please Call
Yes
Yes
CCRAM
Obsolescence
Some, Please Call
Yes
Yes
CCRFM
Obsolescence
Some, Please Call
Yes
Yes
VMSTR
Obsolescence
Some, Please Call
Yes
Yes
AM88
Key Part(s) mfr discontinued
Some, Please Call
No
Yes
         
         

DATE:  14 January 2016

 

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