Major antenna manufacturer closes business

Big Island ARRL News, 02 November 2017, 0045 UTC, Post #358.

Source:

https://www.eham.net/articles/40320

Author:  Jim Linton (VK3PC) via the WIA (Wireless Institute of Australia).

Accessed on 02 November 2017, 0045 UTC.

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Comment:

It’s always sad to hear of a major amateur radio manufacturer closing its operations.  In this case, the shuttered company is Polar Electronic Industries, maker of the rugged, dependable, and enduring line of Polar Antennas.

Wireless Institute of Australia representative Jim Linton (VK3PC) has the story in this press release:

Major antenna manufacturer ends its production

Date : 01 / 11 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

Known worldwide Polar Electronic Industries of Australia, the designers and manufacturer of quality communication antennas for 41 years, has closed leaving a gap for the radio amateur community. It serviced 51 countries with quality product. Polar especially supported the Amateur Radio need for special none standard antennas outside the usual commercial frequency range.

Among the Polar products covering 2 MHz to 2.9 GHz were communications antennas, multicouplers, duplexers and accessories. Retirement of its two engineers and owners is given for the closure. Based at Moorabbin in Melbourne’s south, it had extensive engineering and test facilities, including computer-aided radiation measuring equipment. Through research and development it remained an industry leader.

The directors Ben Czerniewicz and Neville Sleep, were always ready to provide special product for mountain top repeaters, using the heavy duty methods of standard commercial frequency antennas. WIA Repeater & Beacon Coordinator, Peter Mill VK3APO said he had found nothing matches the ruggedness and longevity of Polar antennas, and loss of that source with its excellent customer service has come as a surprise and shock. The decision affects lots of repeater owners throughout Australia and beyond.


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