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Review Summary For : The Radiosmith
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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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KG6UI Rating: 2023-03-09
Top-notch expertise and customer service Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I purchased a used Ten-Tec Scout 555 about 25 years ago. Very recently, it suddenly stopped working and had started to develop some minor problems beforehand.

When I contacted Steve, he immediately got back to me and I sent him my radio for repair. Within around 4 days of receipt of the unit, he had rigorously tested, worked all of the bugs out of it (including issues with the s-meter, tuning knob, old potting compound, and a manufacturing defect which caused him to rework the ground and replace a connector), and restored it back to factory spec's (which I requested), followed up by a QC check!

Beside his high level of expertise and customer service, I especially appreciate Steve's receptiveness, attentiveness and strong communicative nature, which I experienced throughout our interactions concerning this repair. I am now thrilled to have my beloved radio back in my possession, fully operational. Steve, The Radiosmith, is now my go-to engineer for future radio issues.
KB3WA Rating: 2023-01-28
Outstanding Service Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I had an unfortunate incident with my Icom IC-7300 and roasted the finals. I found Steve here on eHam and decided to give him a shot at the repair given his excellent reviews. Boy am I glad I did! Steve makes it so easy to get the repair ordered, all with just a couple emails. The turnaround was exceptional. Steve had the rig on his bench immediately after he received it, diagnosed the problem, had the parts ordered and the rig repaired within a few days. All while keeping me informed at every step along the way. Once he had the 7300 back up and running he did a full check to make sure all functions were operating correctly, and then packaged and shipped it back to me within a week of receiving it. Wow! You can’t ask for better service than that. His rates are more than competitive and he makes the entire process a breeze. The 7300 is back on the air at full power and I could not be more pleased. I will definitely go to Steve for any future repairs, he is a true professional!
K2JF Rating: 2023-01-18
Great experience with Steve Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I sent my FT 950 down to Steve because of issues I was having with transmitting. What got my attention was his honesty and clarity. He went through the rig and told me there was nothing wrong with the radio. I dug deeper and found out it was something related to my feedline and antenna. I just felt good sending the radio to him, knowing that his assessment would be honest and fair.. and it was. His communication was sincere and warm and fast. I got timely responses from him. Never had to wait long for an answer to my many emails - like I was talking to a business owner who really cared and wanted to do the best for his client. had been looking for a good radio guy for a while and now I've found one! Overall, a great experience.
N4WII Rating: 2022-12-29
Excellent Service Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Radiosmith (Steve)

My FT-897D was having issues receiving in FM modes. Steve pinpointed the issue quickly and found a filter bad. After sourcing a set of filters, he replaced them and the transceiver is working correctly. His turn around time for the repair was quick. Steve's communication was excellent with many updates during the troubleshooting and repair. Radiosmith will be my trusted repair service in the future!

YV5MBX Rating: 2022-12-11
The best by far!!! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.


Steve, make it again with a TT Omni VI Plus.

Now the rig is in better condition than was new.

He is a magician, LoL.

I have new projects for the next year that require his knowledge and expertise.

RadioSmith Rocks!!!

73's de KO4AEE

I don't have enough words to express my gratitude for the Radiosmith's knowledge and responsibility.

The story is so long, but it started as a simple project and finished as a complex project with adaptations from different brands to become just one solution for my future ham operations.

He never says no to my ideas; it is so fun to work with him in terms of creativity.

By far is the best service I have had in 42 years as a ham.

I asked him about the pros and cons of better equipment and based on that, I purchased it, and now, he is working on it.

More future projects to be involved with Radiosmith, for sure!!!.

As a human being, he is top-notch.

I hope to meet him in person soon.

73's de yv5mbx/w4 - KO4AEE

AC4HI Rating: 2022-10-02
Saved the day ! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I decided that it was time for me to get back into ham radio after almost 20 years. Family life, job and a new QTH kept me off the air. Time to put myself as a priority.

I had a Ten Tec Omni 6 plus that I pulled out of storage. Everything was hooked up and the receive sounded great, but nothing happened on transmit. I checked connections and with my limited ability was easily at a loss.

I sent emails to several companies and did not even get a reply when I asked about sending it in. I then found the recommendations on here about the Radiosmith. I thought WOW if the reviews were true he has to be the one to repair my 30 year old dream rig.

I sent an email to Steve on the day hurricane Ian hit Florida, I told him I knew the timing was terrible. I did not expect to here back from for a couple of weeks if at all.

To my surprise I got an email back from Steve within 48 hours saying he was sorry for taking so long to get back to me. Are you kidding ! He was sorry for taking so long getting back to me when Ian was hitting close to where he lives.

He told me that I needed to make sure that there was a jumper between the TX In/Out cause the radio would not transmit without it. I looked at the back of the radio and it was not there ! I placed a jumper in and the radio worked like a champ.

In short Steve saved me time and money! I'm embarrassed that I did not know to check the jumper, but grateful for Steve. He could have kept the solution to himself and charged me.

I can not describe how impressed I am with The Radiosmith !

I have contacted Steve to see how he would like to get paid. I will gladly pay for his knowledge and kindness, you Sir, you are the real deal.

Allan Davis

WB4EDB Rating: 2022-08-03
Great Time Owned: more than 12 months.
After Steve did a great job on my Corsair 11 I sent him my Omni V. Well as before Steve again really dug into the problems with the rig and returned it to me in great condition. Owners of any older Ten Tec must be aware that Ten Tec would make changes from time to time in their rigs and if someone doing repairs are not aware of this they can be left in the dark. Well believe me Steve has seen enough Ten Tecs to know what is going on. Smiley wb4edb. I just got my Omni C back from Steve and I get great signal reports both on CW and the little SSB I work. This guy knows vintage Ten Tecs. Well Steve did it again. I just got my Ten Tec Triton IV back from him. Another outstanding service performed by "The Radiosmith."

Earlier 5-star review posted by WB4EDB on 2017-01-07

I sent Steve a Corsair 2 that had some serious operating shortcomings. Steve kept me informed all along the way. His determination and obsession to repair my Corsair 2 was in the fashion that we usually don't see today. Upon receiving the rig back I thought I must have a different radio, which in fact I did. His repair rates are extremely fair. The owner of any vintage Ten Tec should consult him for repairs. Smiley WB4EDB
N4ASX Rating: 2022-07-15
Fantastic service and communications Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I purchased a TEN TEC OMNI VI Opt. 3 on EBay about 10 or so years ago. It became my primary radio and the Paragon II moved to the secondary status. The OMNI had a problem and with Ten-Tec not providing service I was about to buy a new radio. I heard about Steve "The Radiosmith" and sent him a note. He pointed out that the OMNI is still a fine radio so I sent it to him for repair. He was prompt, explained what was needed and fix and tuned up the OMNI to better then new in short order at a very reasonable cost. I just put it on line today and I am very happy with it. I will send the other Ten-Tec radio to him for a tune up. 5 STARS PLUS.
K9WRH Rating: 2022-05-05
Steve did an excellent job. He can be trusted. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
ORION 565 Main Receiver Brought back to life.
Comments you read about Steve and his work are genuine and true. Steve not only fixed the dead receiver he went over the radio and found that the S-Meter needed to be realigned. I agree with the statement you won’t find a better service technician then the Radiosmith and his prices are very fair.
K8CPV Rating: 2022-04-08
Kenwood R599 Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Steve did a fantastic job restoring my receiver to better than new condition. The receiver had several problems that he was able to resolve. This receiver is likely close to 40 years old. Existing documentation regarding service is not the best and parts availability is very limited. In spite of these challenges, Steve reverse-engineered the receiver and repaired some very significant issues. I had a chance to speak with Steve and I am very impressed with his background and knowledge. Steve is honest and it is quite obvious he takes exceptional pride in his work. I give him my highest recommendation and would not hesitate to use his services.