Anyone done this successfully without damaging the unit? Any help and encouragement would be appreciated!
I was successful. No damage.
Read through the directions a couple of times so you know what to expect as you take the panel apart. I took pictures as I went along in case I had a question during reassembly.
Use an anti static mat and a anti static wrist band if you can. If you don't have access to these then just ground yourself to something metal a few times before you handle the IC.
Lots of very small screws. I use a mini cupcake tray to hold small parts and label the tray with masking tape and a pen.
Probably the hardest part of the project is bending the pins on the ICs. They need to be bent so they fit into the socket. Looking from one end, the pins looks like this \_/ before you bend them. They are too far apart to fit in the socket. They need to look more like this !_!
Grab the IC firmly and use a flat surface to bend all the pins one side together. Bend the pins on each side equally. A little at a time until they fit in the socket. The IC and socket should have a snug fit.
Assembly is just the reverse of taking it apart.
Here is a website with some step by step instructions to help you along. http://hamprojects.blogspot.com/2012/08/installing-ic-10-kit-into-kenwood-ts.html
This project is not difficult and you will really appreciate the link to your computer.