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Only thing I know for sure is it was General Electric in the beginning, was located in Lynchburg like it is now. There was some GE labeled radios that were made by Maxon in those days. Then Ericsson must have bought part of it--was called GE/Ericsson then just Ericsson. I Don't know where MA\Com came from but I think Tyco bought MA\com, which it is today. Some of the best radios were made in Japan by JRC in the early 90's.

Maybe this will jog somebody's memory that knows more.
 

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Even Before it was GE it was RCA two way radio. Anyone remember the old RCA Carphone series.

I used to have the timeline info on the old Lynchburg facility, I'll see if I still have it around somewhere.

After Ge it was ComNet, then Ericsson bought ComNet and it was ComNet Ericsson for a few years, then Tyco Ma/Com.

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GE then Ericsson bought a minority interest; then Ericsson took a majority interest, then sold a majority interest to ComNet. It was then known as ComNet/Ericsson. ComNet turned around and started looking for a buyer and sold their majority to MA/Com Tyco.
MA wos known as Microwave Associates. I still have my ComNet Ericsson letter opener from a IWCE show. I worked for Ericsson in the mid-90's.
 
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I have to differ here on the RCA before GE. That is not correct. Both GE and RCA
went arm and arm as competitors for a good number of years. This goes back to the
pre-prog line days and the carphone with the instant on tubes controlled by the mic
hangup switch. Then GE came up with the Progress Line. After that there were a
number of different radios like the TPL, Mastr Pro, Executive, Mastr II, Delta, Delta-S,
Delta-SX, Phoenix, MLS and a ton of other names that GE used over the years.

Jim



mm said:
Even Before it was GE it was RCA two way radio. Anyone remember the old RCA Carphone series.

I used to have the timeline info on the old Lynchburg facility, I'll see if I still have it around somewhere.

After Ge it was ComNet, then Ericsson bought ComNet and it was ComNet Ericsson for a few years, then Tyco Ma/Com.

Mike
 
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General Electric. (GE)
Ericsson/GE
Ericsson
Comm-net/Ericsson
Comm-net
M/A-Com (division of Tyco)

That's the order of progression.

What's amusing is that the company changed hands or partners FIVE times in barely a dozen years.

Ask any business guru what he thinks about the stability and condition of a company that
changes hands or partners that often in that amount of time, and he'll say "I wouldn't be
investing in that company, I'll tell you that!"

M/A-Com seems to have done a good job of turning the company into a good competitor,
though. They've got some neat ideas. But then again, they've got some dogs, too.

Who doesn't?

Elroy
 

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ElroyJetson said:
General Electric. (GE)
Ericsson/GE
Ericsson
Comm-net/Ericsson
Comm-net
M/A-Com (division of Tyco)

That's the order of progression.

What's amusing is that the company changed hands or partners FIVE times in barely a dozen years.

Ask any business guru what he thinks about the stability and condition of a company that
changes hands or partners that often in that amount of time, and he'll say "I wouldn't be
investing in that company, I'll tell you that!"

M/A-Com seems to have done a good job of turning the company into a good competitor,
though. They've got some neat ideas. But then again, they've got some dogs, too.

Who doesn't?

Elroy

M/A-COM was bought by AMP. Amp was bought by TYCO......I am now retired, but was a M/A-COM employee for 38 years. Company started out as Microwave Associates in 1965
 

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M/A-COM was bought by AMP. Amp was bought by TYCO......I am now retired, but was a M/A-COM employee for 38 years. Company started out as Microwave Associates in 1965
AMP was purchased by Tyco International, which divested last year into three companies. M/A-COM became part of Tyco Electronics.
 
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