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Title: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KK4JBO on October 25, 2016, 03:39:02 PM
Hi, my name is Bob Burgoon-K6RMB. I have a mid 80's Kenwood TS-930s I bought at the Spartanburg SC Hamfest a couple years ago. To be quite honest think I ended up with a 40 pound electronic boat anchor. Looking to see if any of you folks would know anyone in the northeast Ohio area that works on them. Contacted Kenwood and they pretty much laughed at me. Anyway any information wouls be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Bob 73


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UKX on October 25, 2016, 04:19:06 PM
Try www.oldhamdave.com.  He has good reviews and works on the TS-930.  LL


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UK on October 28, 2016, 06:41:04 PM
f you have an undiagnosed problem or want comprehensive service, the only person who I am aware of who is both a Kenwood authorized technician and repairs the TS-930S is Cliff Holland at AVVID.  He has never done any work for me, but I have spoken with him a few times and know others have worked with him.  He’s a straight shooter.

Give him a call

http://www.avvid.com/

73 Mark N1UK


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UKX on October 30, 2016, 04:02:57 PM
f you have an undiagnosed problem or want comprehensive service, the only person who I am aware of who is both a Kenwood authorized technician and repairs the TS-930S is Cliff Holland at AVVID.  He has never done any work for me, but I have spoken with him a few times and know others have worked with him.  He’s a straight shooter.

Give him a call

http://www.avvid.com/

73 Mark N1UK



Problem is, you need the original packaging to send it to him (per his web site) or he won't accept it to work on.  I don't have mine because I also bought the radio used.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KB4MNG on October 31, 2016, 05:32:34 AM
You may be out of luck if Cliff will not work on it. Surely if you secure it with something other than original packing per his wishes he will take it.

There was an outfit in FL that use to specialize in those radios. Unfortunately there doors are closed. Old ham Dave is in his 80's and had a friend send him a 930 with a very unsatisfactory out come.

You may want to sell the radio to someone for the parts. You will have quite an investment in that radio in the end and still have a old radio.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UKX on October 31, 2016, 08:14:39 AM
Hmmm, unfortunate news.
Guess I'll stick mine on the shelf for a while.  It's a really nice radio when it was working.......


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KC4MOP on November 01, 2016, 06:03:50 AM
f you have an undiagnosed problem or want comprehensive service, the only person who I am aware of who is both a Kenwood authorized technician and repairs the TS-930S is Cliff Holland at AVVID.  He has never done any work for me, but I have spoken with him a few times and know others have worked with him.  He’s a straight shooter.

Give him a call

http://www.avvid.com/

73 Mark N1UK





Problem is, you need the original packaging to send it to him (per his web site) or he won't accept it to work on.  I don't have mine because I also bought the radio used.


Try to contact Cliff and see if he'll accept a substitute type of packaging. Double boxed!! Pay extra for real packing for delicate stuff and ship FedEx 2-day, what ever keeps it off the ground delivery for those long rides on the interstates and handling. I understand his concern about original packing, that's why I kept my box for my TS850.

Fred


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N6BIZ on November 01, 2016, 09:20:41 AM
AVVID IN TEXAS


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: WB0CJB on November 01, 2016, 06:39:58 PM
Just being curious but what is wrong with it?


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: W4KVW on November 01, 2016, 09:32:11 PM
??? I thought those Kenmore's were covered forever at SEARS???  ???   :o

Clayton
W4KVW


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UKX on November 03, 2016, 04:54:12 AM
Just being curious but what is wrong with it?
I don't know about the OP's, but mine went from 100+ watts out on all bands to about 35 watts out.  Haven't had time to check it out.  I just use one of my other radios for now....


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: WD4DKV on November 05, 2016, 12:39:11 PM
That happened to my ts830, turned out was hi voltage caps. Can you read ur plate voltage? Might be an easy fix, take you less time than packing it up :)
Later riley wd4dkv.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: AC2EU on November 05, 2016, 06:59:21 PM
The OP has already put it back on the shelf, so it's moot point.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: K5RT on November 05, 2016, 07:00:53 PM
TS-930 is an all solid state transceiver. There is no Plate (HV) supply. Having said that, the power supply in the TS-930 is known for failure due to temperature rise.

Paul


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: K5RT on November 05, 2016, 07:07:40 PM
Try Hamrepair.com
Cal is an excellent tech. I know he and Clif at AVVID and both are equally skilled.
As far as original Kenwood packaging goes, many commercial shipping/ packaging companies can foam pack for a modest price. This is (IMO) superior to the factory Kenwood packing. Of course double box your radio.
In the case of AVVID, give Clif a call and see if professional foam packing would be acceptable.

Good Luck
Paul


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KM1H on November 08, 2016, 03:00:45 PM
The 930 has many unobtainium parts now and a phone call to see if they are even accepted is a good idea. I sold my two 930's when they were getting troublesome and have been using 940's plus a 950SD since . Also have 4 830's with 3 driving transverters and the other on the amp repair bench where it gives them full on the air tests before returing to the owners.

Clif is also fairly regular on the QRZ.com Boatanchors forum.

Carl


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UKX on November 25, 2016, 04:29:07 AM
Has anyone used K3TEN for repairs?
He's a lot closer to CT and sure would feel better if the radio didn't travel across country.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: W8JX on November 25, 2016, 04:58:47 AM
Has anyone used K3TEN for repairs?
He's a lot closer to CT and sure would feel better if the radio didn't travel across country.

Its not the traveling you have to worry about but rather the handling of package at terminals. It is quite possible for a package to get "beat up" more on a shorter trip than a long one. I would also use FedEx ground too.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: K8AXW on November 25, 2016, 08:35:18 PM
The 930 had major problems keeping power supplies.  At one time you could buy a complete power supply module from Kenwood for $99.00, but no more.

FAR Circuits sell a PCB to build a same size power supply for the 930 but with better components and a better design.

Before I would shelf it I would have a look at the two voltage outputs of the power supply.  If they are correct, then it's back to a repairman or the shelf. 

Of course you could also eBay it as a hanger queen.  No doubt many 930 owners are interested in parts.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: K2YWE on September 09, 2017, 07:15:58 PM
Has anyone used K3TEN for repairs?
He's a lot closer to CT and sure would feel better if the radio didn't travel across country.

I don't know if this question is OBE for you by now, but my answer is yes I used him and Hell No! Don't let him touch your radio.  Details on request.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: N1UKX on September 11, 2017, 06:10:18 AM
Thank you for that bit of info.
I've decided not to have the TS-930 repaired as it is a old radio.
I'm going to sell it on e-bay as a parts rig.
I'm thinking of a new TS-590SG as the replacement rig.....


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: AG4ME on November 09, 2017, 08:46:36 AM
I repaired a TS-930  years ago for someone....  had to replace the RF amp driver transistors,
then made the cooling fan in the back be on all the time.   And I think I replaced
the power supply transistors ( 2N3772's ? )  and there was 28 volts to the
RF amp section. .   I crossed my fingers when I powered it up, and it is still working
as far as I know. . .  I said to myself - "I will never work on a TS-930 again!"

But maybe I would again... look me up.... AG4ME  in southern Louisiana...


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KB4MNG on December 06, 2017, 06:31:37 AM
Thank you for that bit of info.
I've decided not to have the TS-930 repaired as it is a old radio.
I'm going to sell it on e-bay as a parts rig.
I'm thinking of a new TS-590SG as the replacement rig.....

This is a very good decision. Those classic rigs are awesome but getting very long in the tooth. Their performance is no better than the TS 590, not enough that you can actually tell.

I was going to jump on a "deal". IC 756 pro3 with mic and speaker for $900. After the idea cooled a little, I figured I would be better buying the current deal going on the IC 7300.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KM1H on December 06, 2017, 05:00:59 PM
Quote
TS-930 is an all solid state transceiver. There is no Plate (HV) supply. Having said that, the power supply in the TS-930 is known for failure due to temperature rise.

It is also known for driver and finals problems.

I used a pair for several years pretty hard in contests and Dxing; learned how to fix it (worked in a RF lab with all the goodies) and did many for others in the YCCC and elsewhere. Went with a pair of TS-940 around 1987.

Carl



Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: K8AXW on December 07, 2017, 09:13:50 AM
I seem to recall reading some time ago that Clif no longer works on the 930 because of lack of parts.  Be sure to contact him but don't hold your breath while waiting for a "yes" reply.


Title: RE: Kenwood TS-930s repair shops
Post by: KB4MNG on December 09, 2017, 04:16:28 AM
I seem to recall reading some time ago that Clif no longer works on the 930 because of lack of parts.  Be sure to contact him but don't hold your breath while waiting for a "yes" reply.

Cliff has ceased working on many radios due to this problem. Last I heard, he no longer works on the kenwood hybrids. Not sure what he can work on anymore......