“Ham Supply” (HamSupply.com) commenced business in November, 2015 upon the finalization of the asset purchase of Idiom Press.
Idiom Press was founded by Bob Locher (W9KNI). In Bob’s own words, “I founded Idiom Press in 1982. The original purpose of the company was to publish my book, The Complete DX’er. I had written a number of articles that had been published in Ham Radio Horizons and later in Ham Radio Magazine. The articles were well received and encouraged me to write The Complete DX’er.
When the book was nearing completion, I was trying to figure out a name for the business. One night doodling around on a piece of scrap paper I came up with ‘Idiom Press’, which was derived from ‘I Did It On My Own’, the capitalized letters giving ‘idiomo’. Of course ‘idiomo’ is a meaningless word and not likely to stick in memory. On the other hand, ‘Idiom’, made by dropping the ‘o’ off ‘Idiomo,’ is a perfectly good English word. An idiom, as it as defined, is ‘a method of expression,’ which makes perfect sense for the name of a publishing house, especially for ham radio, itself a method of expression. Later, when I began to offer other products, I decided to keep using the name of Idiom Press since I believe it has always had a good reputation.”
Ham Supply founded by Wayne Ordakowski (N0UN) purchased the assets of Idiom Press in November, 2015 with the intent of continuing to manufacturer the fine electronic CW and voice keyers, rotator control products, noise/bandwidth filters and other Ham Radio related products that Idiom Press built their reputation on, as well as debuting new Amateur Radio related products moving forward.