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Author Topic: Good price for 440sat?  (Read 2243 times)
KG6YSF
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« on: November 04, 2013, 10:40:56 PM »

I have an oportunity to pick up a Kenwood 440sat one owner very clean. What I want to know is how much would be a good price? I have never bought anything but a Yeasu 8900 a 2900 and a FT60 handheld. Those were new. My HF i got through a barter and is is ok but needs some tlc. I am hoping that this could do better for me and may allow me to get that Drake fixed up.
Well thanks for the help all.

73
Jason
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 08:26:30 AM »

440's are getting very long in tooth because of age. I would not pay much for it. Maybe 300 or so.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 08:16:55 PM »

I hope you`ve had a chance to see it in person and use it. Some of those had the dreaded potting glue problem,which caused distortion on ssb,and chirp on cw.(on transmit only) This doesn`t mean your rig is bad,but I would test it before buying it. Also make sure the display is operating properly.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 08:53:38 PM »

Thanks for the info I have never heard of the problem with the potting glue.

I believe this one is good I am dealing with a friend, he has all sorts of stuff to sell because he is leaving the hobby. I will see if I can get a list of stuff or see if he wants to list it here. I will offer $200 for the radio if that seems fair to you all.

Thanks,

Jason 73s
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 09:52:48 PM »

Thanks for the info I have never heard of the problem with the potting glue.

I believe this one is good I am dealing with a friend, he has all sorts of stuff to sell because he is leaving the hobby. I will see if I can get a list of stuff or see if he wants to list it here. I will offer $200 for the radio if that seems fair to you all.

Thanks,

Jason 73s

Jason,

Google "TS-440 dots" and you'll see many discussions about the glue problem. In a nutshell, several components on the circuit board have a  bonding glue to provide mechanical stability. Unfortunately, within a couple of decades the glue crystallizes and becomes conductive, making the transceiver non-functional. The most obvious symptom is that the LED display shows a series of dots instead of digits.

The glue can be removed but it takes quite a bit of work. If the current owner has done this and everything else is ok, it is probably a good one to buy. If the glue is still there but everything works, I'd buy it if it was under $300, price depending on condition and added options like crystal filters or MC-60 mic.

Good luck
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2013, 09:33:21 PM »

Ray

Thanks for the info I will look it up and ask Bill if he has done this or not. Appreciate the concise explanation on this issue with this series of transceiver. 
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