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Author Topic: Who To Send My Radios For Repairs?  (Read 11105 times)
IC740AZ
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« on: September 02, 2013, 06:50:47 PM »

I have an Icom IC-R70 with a stuck dial lock button (button goes in and out but not disengaging) so I can't change the frequency and an Icom IC-R7000 that only receives local FM radio channels and nothing else (hooked up to a Comet DS-150S Discone). Can't find a soul in Phoenix that works on these rigs so do I send it to Icom in Bellevue or any other suggestions out there?
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KA4POL
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 09:49:03 PM »

The dial lock switch is a simple push button switch. If you feel save doing this, why not do it yourself. You can get the service manual in the internet. There you can see how to open the rig. Probably there is no replacement part available any more. So just get the button unstuck with a drop of WD40. The cost of commercial repair may be really high.
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W9GB
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 10:14:15 PM »

Malcom Technical Support (Scott Malcom, KA7MEF) in Toledo, WA works on Icom radios.
http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/mts/

Icom (Factory Service) dropped service on a number of older models this year.
As a result, Scott's backlog has grown to about 6 to 7 weeks.
CONTACT him, before shipping radios.
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SAR Technical Services (Matt Adrian), in St. Joseph, MI services Icom radios.
This is an ICOMĀ® Service Center for Midwest.
http://www.sarts1.com/
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Icom America - Factory Service Center, Bellevue, WA
http://www.icomamerica.com/en/support/partsandservice/
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SO, you have THREE Repair Centers to CALL Tuesday morning.
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N4ATS
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2013, 04:02:03 AM »

I would also be happy to assist.

www.N4ATS.com

Bill
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W9BKR
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 04:10:22 AM »

Hamrepair.com

Hands down...
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N4NYY
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2013, 05:45:31 AM »

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Malcom Technical Support (Scott Malcom, KA7MEF) in Toledo, WA works on Icom radios.
http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/mts/

Highly recommended.

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NK7Z
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2013, 07:43:12 AM »

I have an Icom IC-R70 with a stuck dial lock button (button goes in and out but not disengaging) so I can't change the frequency and an Icom IC-R7000 that only receives local FM radio channels and nothing else (hooked up to a Comet DS-150S Discone). Can't find a soul in Phoenix that works on these rigs so do I send it to Icom in Bellevue or any other suggestions out there?
If you don't mind sending it to Portland Oregon, I have a review of Amateur Radio Service on my web site at:
http://nk7z.net/review-of-amateur-radio-servicears/

I would imagine someone in the PHO area must work on radios...  Try a two way shop...

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IC740AZ
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2013, 08:51:56 AM »

Hey thanks for all the advice and the website links!

KA4POL, I think I will give the switch (WD40 fix) a shot even though I'm better working on a car than a radio which isn't saying much. The R7000 on the other hand starts hissing after using it for 5 minutes so it will have to be sent out. Too bad too it was one of those eBay purchases where the seller said it was perfect in every way - why do these people lie?

I was going to send it back but I had another bad experience on eBay last month when I returned a radio (which was also rated as being perfect) to the seller within the proper timeframe via a free eBay mailing label. I never received a refund for it from eBay/PayPal and I was triple charged for the purchase (the radio was $450 with free shipping and PayPal charged me $1350 for it!). Despite countless phone calls and emails - Nothing but the run around. 

Okay enough of my rant, thanks again for all your help - It's nice to know that you guys are out there!

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KG6YV
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 01:43:53 PM »

Randy Best (can't remember his call sign) ran an ICOM/Kenwood authorized repair center in Phoenix for years.  I used to chat with him on 3870 AM until I deserted AM about 6 years ago.  You might call ICOM and see if he is still in business. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 01:27:11 PM »

Hamrepair.com

Hands down...

I've heard good things about this repair tech also.  Never used him myself, but some friends have.
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KG7FDX
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2013, 06:05:17 PM »

Hey thanks for all the advice and the website links!

Okay enough of my rant, thanks again for all your help - It's nice to know that you guys are out there!


If you want to try someone locally I have been given a contact of someone in the Phoenix area. PM me or reply to this thread and can get the two of you in touch.

Joe
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KG7FDX
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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 06:14:48 PM »

Hamrepair.com

Hands down...

They look like a nice company but there sure are a lot of rigs that they do not service. From their website http://hamrepair.com/services.html

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"We do not service HTs, Radio Shack or Alinco Products.
We also do not service Single Band/Single Mode equipment, with the exception of battery and lamp replacement."

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Sad to see as I was going to call them about a RS HT that I need serviced if my local guy cannot handle it.
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2013, 05:52:32 AM »

I think you will find most techs don't want to repair HTs.  There are some exceptions, but the norm is that most of the time, HTs aren't worth the repair costs/trouble.

I found a guy who repairs Kenwood equipment and am going to send my TM741 to him, to check it out.  I will report back here after he is done, with recommendations for using him.

www.avvid.com
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2013, 07:40:24 AM »

I think you will find most techs don't want to repair HTs.  There are some exceptions, but the norm is that most of the time, HTs aren't worth the repair costs/trouble.

I found a guy who repairs Kenwood equipment and am going to send my TM741 to him, to check it out.  I will report back here after he is done, with recommendations for using him.

www.avvid.com
No kidding!  I did the MARS mod on my HT, all of those parts are really small...  I needed a magnifier to see anything in it...  At 60 my eyes are not what they used to be...  I'll save my pennies and get a replacement if mine breaks...
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