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Reviews Summary for The Radiosmith
The Radiosmith Reviews: 43 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Expert repairs and restoration for all brands (Collins, Drake, Icom, Kenwood, Ten-Tec, Yaesu, and Others) of vintage and modern ham radio equipment including linear amplifiers, station accessories, OEM power supplies and Astron power supplies by a degreed Electrical Engineer who has been a licensed ham (20 WPM Extra Class) for over 38 years. For more information, contact The Radiosmith via email at:
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N1LQ Rating: 5/5 Aug 4, 2019 18:07 Send this review to a friend
Simply the Best!  Time owned: more than 12 months
In May 2018 I sent Steve my Ten Tec Corsair II for some long needed TLC. What arrived back was a transceiver running in near new condition and far beyond my expectations.

Now in July 2019 my mint 27 year old Omni V.9 was sent to Steve for a general alignment and going over. Again what came back to me was a radio that has never performed so well, even when new.

Steve is a Master Technician with expert skills with all amateur radio brands. But he shines with older Ten Tec gear. If you want superb workmanship, a fair price, excellent communication and a fast turnaround time, the Radiosmith in Clearwater FL, IMO is ... simply the BEST.
KB7PWJ Rating: 5/5 Jul 23, 2019 02:55 Send this review to a friend
Artisan-quality service  Time owned: more than 12 months
Sent Steve my beloved Tentec Delta 580, which had developed a host of quirks since it was new in 1980. This rig gets about $300 in mint condition today, and I knew it would cost a lot more than that to completely recondition mine, but it was a sentimental thing.

Steve was great at working within the $400-odd (exclusive of shipping) that I authorized him to spend, and for that paltry sum he sent back a rig that works great. He managed to fix the stuff that was taking me off the air entirely, much of which was caused by a hamfisted "reconditioning" that was done before I bought the rig used from a dealer in 1992.

Steve's communication, his knowledge and love of old Tentecs, and his creativity as a technician make him ideal for this kind of work. I sent him my Delta half certain I was going to hear "end of the line for this one"; for a reasonable sum I got a few more years with her; maybe more.

Thanks, Steve!
KF4BAN Rating: 5/5 Jul 11, 2019 02:40 Send this review to a friend
Expert Professional Rig Repair - Ten Tec Argonaut 509  Time owned: more than 12 months
When my 509 developed problems well out of my scope to diagnose, I searched and found Steve. I described the issues and soon had the radio on its way. Turned out the main problem was a hairline crack in a trace on a board that Steve found and repaired. Along with a few needed components the 509 was up again. Steve also did a well needed cleaning/relube of the tuning assembly and a dial restring. After a final alignment it was ready to return. Got it home and with 5 watts out on a homebrew 20m loop, had a fine 59/59 QSO with a ham in TN transmitting at 600w. Back in business. I really appreciate the time and effort Steve put in it. He treated it probably better than his own. Its one of my favorite HF radios. I will be keeping and using it for along time to come. Great work, great communication, very persistent with unusual repair problems and a fair and honest rate. Highly recommend The Radiosmith.
AL6G Rating: 5/5 Sep 30, 2018 19:56 Send this review to a friend
FT-897D repair. Great Service  Time owned: more than 12 months
Why should somebody ship their radio over 3,000 miles to get repaired?
The answer, so that it's done right.
Steve keeps you informed and explains your options. Uses high quality components and is very knowledgable with outstanding workmanship.I'm very satisfied with
my decision to ship my radio to the Radiosmith.
K1FK Rating: 5/5 Sep 23, 2018 18:41 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Service - OMNI VI/Opt 3  Time owned: more than 12 months
I sent my 25+ year OMNI VI Opt 3 to Steve with a very unusual problem that I had been coping with for several years - excessive power output (200+ watts with PWR control full CW) and no ALC Control on all bands, incorrect PWR/SWR/Ic metering and an additional problem of NO transmit on 10m (12m was OK). Steve extended considerable time and did a yeoman’s job in returning my rig to factory specifications and performed a complete alignment. His work is top-notch professional quality and his labor rate is unbeatable for repair of TenTec and other vintage equipment. I have referred Steve to others previously and he has never disappointed any of those whom I referred. Thank you Steve.
WO4K Rating: 5/5 Aug 25, 2018 10:13 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Service   Time owned: more than 12 months
Steve is indeed as good as these reviews say. I needed some assistance with my Johnson Viking II. Steve did a great job of not only fixing the immediate problem, but also diagnosing and correcting the root cause of the the issue so it doesn't reoccur. As mentioned in other reviews here, his rates are reasonable. Perhaps more importantly, Steve's work is thorough and the workmanship is excellent. I highly recommend The Radiosmith.
KQ4O Rating: 5/5 Jul 24, 2018 14:46 Send this review to a friend
Best Service!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I sent Steve two receivers in the last few months, one was a newly acquired Mckay Dymek DR22C which wasn't getting a signal from it's antenna input. He diagnosed and solved the problem and gave it an alignment, working beautifully! The other was my favorite rx, a Bearcat DX-1000 where the manual tuning knob froze up. Now it's a breeze to bandscan with it, much better than before. In fact, these tuning knobs are known for being off center from the start, but this one isn't anymore as it turns very smoothly now.
Great communication all the way through as well. I don't think you'll ever find a better service technician than The Radiosmith!
N1LQ Rating: 5/5 Jun 9, 2018 09:26 Send this review to a friend
The Best!  Time owned: more than 12 months
My beloved 29 year old Ten Tec Corsair II needed some issues addressed and a full alignment. So after researching possible service options I decided to ship the rig to Steve the Radiosmith in Clearwater FLA. His many reviews on both eHam and eBay are stellar.

After two weeks in his shop, the rig arrived back home. As I told Steve, the result of his work is far greater than my expectations of what would result. Every single operating facet of this radio is now spot on, as if it were new from the factory 29 years ago. His workmanship, his price and his communications during the process were all remarkable. As a result, two more Ten Tec rigs in my collection (Steve also services other makes also) will be headed his way very shortly.

We all want quality work, fair pricing and quick turn-around. With the Radiosmith I got all three. IMO Steve is the best. 73 de N1LQ - Dave
WB5JWI Rating: 5/5 May 14, 2018 16:38 Send this review to a friend
Excellent work   Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Gave a 5 because nothing higher! Excellent work, best communications from any vendor, came in under estimate. Identified several problems of which I was unaware (missed by Ten Tec service btw) and sent my Corsair back in beautiful shape.

Highest recommendation if you need work on your rig. I hope I don't need him again but if I have rig problems in the future, I'll certainly call him first.
K4ZNC Rating: 5/5 May 11, 2018 14:32 Send this review to a friend
Excellent service  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I sent Steve my TenTec Scout which was not transmitting, but received OK. He determined that the unit did transmit and that there might be something wrong with my installation. Yet he went ahead and did a full service of this little jewel that I use exclusively on 40 meter CW. I later determined that I had an intermittent cable problem. Great customer service; Steve kept me informed of his work progress.

I have been hoping to find an alternative to TenTec service center, and Steve is it! I am recalling my Omni VII from TenTec repair (busted display) so I can send it to The Radiosmith.
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