Good morning folks...
I am a fairly new HAM here, just ticketed in December. I have found my new found pursuit of the activity to be almost an obsession!
This after delaying for 5 + years. I am using 2M/70CM only currently, but have a HW-101 for HF use when I get my general license in June.
I have a conundrum, perhaps you folks can help. A dear Elmer (and friend) in my area has been working to get me involved here for the last 5 years. He and a friend of his went to a hamfest last year. They purchased a Yaesu FT-8000R dual band on my behalf. I provided the funding and they purchased the radio (I wasn't present when it was purchased). I was pretty excited until we got it plugged in, turned on and discovered it had a non functioning dial control.
We took it apart and discovered, that not only one dial control knob on the front panel had broken the solder joints, the other knob did as well in the process of dis-assembly.
Here is the problem, my Elmer, who I really appreciate greatly, is a busy man and has not been able to apply himself to repairing the radio. I know that half the battle in amateur radio is all about electronics and electronic repair. And, therefore I have tried my hand at soldering the connections myself but they are too small and my hand is not steady enough to make the soldering connections successfully.
So, I have been trying to find the front panel for that FT-8000R, to just plug in. The problem with that is, unfortunately, I have been unable to find one thus far.
Does anyone have any ideas for me, or should I just forget this unit and go for another one? I am looking to use it in the car so I can put my MaxTrac in the house for base station use.
Any help is appreciated...