I have never worked for a manufacturing company, but most of you in this forum have. So I figured you might be able to confirm something for me.
I have recently developed a better SWR meter for amateur radio. I thought my idea could be manufactured, but I'm now having serious doubts. Certain parts will need to be customized for EVERY individual unit. If these parts are not customized, my device will lose its accuracy under certain circumstances and be just as crude as the other SWR meters available on the market. This seems to fly in the face of the concept of interchangeable parts, which is the key requirement of mass production. If my doubts are correct, then this would explain why MFJ, TenTec, and other amateur radio manufacturers have not done this.
Does the required customization of each individual meter kill the prospects of manufacturing it? Is it time for me to pitch the idea I could earn serious money selling it, especially given the modest size of the amateur radio market? Do I have any flicker of hope of earning a serious income from this, or is there a better chance that Ozzy Osbourne will win a Nobel Prize?
Jason Hsu, AG4DG usenet@@@@jasonhsu.com