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Author Topic: Icom Z1A Repair Needed  (Read 2351 times)
N2ZYI
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« on: March 20, 2013, 08:02:09 AM »

I need to have my Icom Z1A HT BNC connector repaired. Center conductor weakend and disconnected due to user/overuse of long antenna (arrg).  Anyone have good experience with repair shops in the US?

Looks like labor cosy at Icom is $84 / hour. Reasonable? If so, I could just send it there...

Thanks

Scott
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KA4POL
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 09:10:07 AM »

Get the service manual. It shows how to disassemble the radio. The BNC connector looks very much like the standard one. It should not be much of a challenge to exchange it as DIY, especially looking at the labor rate.
And be happy you got the BNC connector, many HTs have SMA now.
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N2ZYI
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 03:48:31 PM »

Get the service manual. It shows how to disassemble the radio. The BNC connector looks very much like the standard one. It should not be much of a challenge to exchange it as DIY, especially looking at the labor rate.
And be happy you got the BNC connector, many HTs have SMA now.

You know, I think I will do that. The worst pat of the job is to de-solder part...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/37392767/Icom-IC-Z1-Service-Manual
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KA4POL
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 10:53:52 PM »

Get some solder wick to remove the solder. I agree, it's the worst part of the operation. Just take your time.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 12:43:22 PM »

From the Service Manual photos it looks like
the BNC connector is soldered to a very short
jumper wire that goes into a plug-in connector
to the PC board. I'd be very careful with taking
that out, you will need that plug in connector/jumper.

I dunno, if you damage that jumper while unsoldering it,
maybe you could solder a permanent jumper to the PC board
IF the socket on the PC board is metal. Can't tell with
from the photo with the plug in the socket.

It may be me, but that does not look like an
"off the shelf" BNC panel mount connector.
The "inside" end looks much shorter than the
ones I have used and seen. I guess you'll
find out when you take it out. You may have
to do some shopping around, I doubt Icom stocks
that part any more.

I have never seen that HT before. Very interesting
with the detachable mic with display. Quite unique.
When was this HT put on the market? I only found
a post that said his was "ancient", but people exagerate!

Good luck with your repair project.
73, Ken  AD6KA
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KA4POL
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 11:05:18 PM »

The copyright notice in the manual says 1994.
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