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Command Technologies Acquisition

Dan Simmonds (KK3AN) on April 21, 2011
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April 7, 2011 -- AN Wireless Tower Co., LLC purchases all assets of Command Technologies from Palstar, Inc.

Iím Daniel Simmonds, KK3AN, and Founding Member of PA-based manufacturing company, AN Wireless Tower Company, LLC (ANW). Iíve been actively involved with Amateur Radio since first licensed in 1990 at age 15 as KA3WEW, later as N3IMO, KE3YT, and now as KK3AN.

I feel very fortunate to (again) own the Command Technologies amplifier line and wanted to take this opportunity to explain the acquisition, and map out the forward plan for this tremendous product line with an impressive record of 30+ years.

The history of ANWís involvement with the Command Technology amplifier line began when my company made its initial purchase of the assets of the original Command Technologies firm in mid 2008. Soon thereafter, and for a plethora of buyer & seller reasons, all of which go well beyond the scope of this announcement, I decided to in-turn sale the assets to Palstar, Inc. of Piqua, Ohio, as it was mutually advantageous at that time to do so.

Now, fast-forward to early 2011: In a remarkable turn of events, Palstar & ANW mutually agree itís in each others best interest for ANW to purchase Command Technologies back from Palstar, Inc.

From my perspective & that of the company, the timing could not be better!

Because of some key internal changes presently taking shape within ANW (my core manufacturing company), Iím happy to announce that the Command Technologies HF / VHF amplifier line will, at long last, receive the manufacturing, marketing and customer support attention it deserves.

While this recent changeover of Command Technologies back to ANW may seem to be shrouded in mystery, it can best be summed up quite simply by the old saying ďsometimes the good guys finish lastĒ.

The plan to move Command Technologies ahead is taking shape, and the first order of Ďhotí business for me personally was to ensure a steady, un-interrupted supply of top quality, American-made tubes under the direct CPI / Eimac account, and to work with the excellent management at Eimac to increase the monthly tube allotments. I am happy to report that as of April 15, I was able to secure a three-fold increase in the supply of the Eimac pulse-rated 3CPX800A7 triode, marking the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship with this World-class tube producer in Palo Alto, California. American made tubes have always been at the heart of Command Technologies amplifiers, and that tradition continues in every one of the companyís amplifier models serving HF, 6m & 2m.

Iím also excited to report that with an excellent history, both as an amateur radio operator & electrical / RF engineer, Dr. Donald Kessler, KI6SZ will be working with me in the coming months to further enhance the final product. Many already know that it was Don who redesigned the original Command Technologies amplifier line to what they are today - adding microprocessor control, greater reliability, plug-in PCB assemblies, new cooling system, new metering design, the addition of a much desired under-chassis removable access plate to service the RF deck, all new sheet metal, plus many other real-world improvements under the hood.

Looking ahead, Don and I are working together on a fully automatic auto-tune design for the legal-limit+ HF- 2500 that will work seamlessly in parallel with the AT-Auto automatic antenna tuner. QSY, push a button, and the amplifier and tuner work seamlessly together, and in mere seconds the antenna is matched and the amplifier is tuned -- a real hammer for serious contesters. Mark your calendars as we are expecting to release these new products in early 2012.

The next order of business is to continue to organize an experienced, highly skilled cadre for assembly, warranty work and tech support. Honestly speaking, this is being accomplished now, but will take some time to be done correctly as weíre smack-dab in the midst of the ramp-up stage of the business.

Another very exciting opportunity has presented itself: The next-generation of Command products will quite possibly be sold & badged under a different, but well-respected name in the industry in a partnership arrangement. This is another key area at which both myself and others are working on diligently.

For future product & company announcements, send me an email and Iíll keep you in the loop as things progress.

73, Dan Simmonds KK3AN


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