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Author Topic: Affordable Radio Repair  (Read 3669 times)
NS8Q
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« on: May 29, 2012, 11:36:50 AM »

I'm not sure where to post this question, but does anyone know of a good radio repair person?  They need to be affordable but able to do a good job on my Yaesu FT-8800R.

I found a website for Mike, N0BXE, in Colorado.  Has anyone ever used him before?

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 03:08:28 PM »

Yaesu won't fix it?


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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 06:01:43 PM »

Yaesu won't fix it?


Mark K5LXP
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If it isn't under warranty then maybe not at his idea of affordable.  Smiley
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NS8Q
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 06:40:54 PM »

Oh they'll fix it for the cost of both arms, legs, and any potential kids! Smiley  The guy i talk to said there is a chance I might get it back in a couple months, but not to count on it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 06:58:03 PM »

More info needed.

How did it fail?  That is to say, what's it not do that it's supposed to do?

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KA1MDA
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 04:03:04 AM »

I'm not sure where to post this question, but does anyone know of a good radio repair person?  They need to be affordable but able to do a good job on my Yaesu FT-8800R.

Chris KC8CAJ

It might help if you would define your expectation of "affordable".
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K9YLI
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 06:12:22 AM »

you are a ham.. fixit yourself.. free except for parts.

we need to know the  problem/symptoms  to have a shot at   price to fix..

blown finals  are the most likely  expensive  problem...

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N4NYY
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 08:15:04 AM »

I'm not sure where to post this question, but does anyone know of a good radio repair person?  They need to be affordable but able to do a good job on my Yaesu FT-8800R.

Chris KC8CAJ

It might help if you would define your expectation of "affordable".

25% of replacement cost should be considered affordable. But it is usually 50%, which can be outrageous. That is why so many authorized service centers are much better.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 09:55:59 AM »

This is where the new ham comes to realize like most mass produced items , production is much cheaper than hand labor. I talented technical in the US will make about $60,000-$80,000 a year. Divided that by your yearly labor rate, overhead, parts, medical, SG&A and you need to charge $75 per hour.

The tech swaps the board and you get the radio back repaired with new parts for $250. It doesn’t help that HRO sold you the radio for $399.

Today production pricing does not reflect the real cost of radio repair. It is not the manufactures fault, they did a great job producing the thing for $399. A pick and place machine made the radio board for 30 cents. Hand labor is expensive.

Would you feel better about the repair of $250 if the radio cost $3000?

As Steve asked, what are the radio symptoms?
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NS8Q
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 02:27:26 PM »

Well as far as symptoms go, on transmit with the supplied microphone, I get a terrible buzz that's intermittent.  Sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not.  It's completely gone when I use cross-band and an HT.  One of the other hams I was talking to on said said he could tell there was a voice, but I was so far below the buzz, that he couldn't pick me out.

Another local guy said I should try another microphone.  I don't have an extra mic for the 8800, but I do have a 2800.  Maybe that will solve it.

As far as fixing it myself...I do not have the tools, knowledge, or schematics to work on it.

Affordable would be anything less than $150.

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K6AER
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 03:25:37 PM »

How far is the antenna from the radio or the power supply?
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NS8Q
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2012, 08:35:31 AM »

The radio is now installed in the same car I had it in before, 2000 Grand Prix with a 5/8-wave mag mount on the trunk.  I took the 2800 we have at home and tested it a little bit last night.  That seems to take care of the noise.  I'll continue testing it for a few more days to see if it comes back.  Maybe there was a pin in the mic that wasn't making a good solid connection?
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2012, 08:56:10 AM »

Or a lead in the mic cable  has broken - maybe at the pin.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2012, 11:34:32 AM »

Contact N4ATS (http://n4ats.com), he has a good reputation on the forums for doing quality work.  I have never personally sent him anything, but have read many postings from people that have.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2012, 05:41:36 AM »

Contact N4ATS (http://n4ats.com), he has a good reputation on the forums for doing quality work.  I have never personally sent him anything, but have read many postings from people that have.

Not only is this true, but he will actually help you repair it on your own. He tracked down the dead FT-950 problems.
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