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How to identify the mic connection pins in Heathkit SB-102?

One of the things I need to do to put my Heathkit SB-102 into service is connect a microphone. I've got a suitable crystal mic, with four conductors in the cable -- two for the mic element, and two ...
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Heathkit SB-102 Plate Current out of control

I bought a "technician special" Heathkit SB-102 transceiver. Everything seems to work well until I attach a dummy load and try to go through the "initial tune up" procedure in the manual. At the ...
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Presumably working FT-8900R doesn't turn on. What can be a reason?

I bought a pre-owned Yaesu FT-8900R. Sadly turned out that the radio doesn't turn on. When I hold the power button (the right bottom one) the speaker pops briefly but nothing else happening. The ...
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How to splice RG-174 coax?

I'm pretty good at repairing broken regular coax, but I recently had an RG-174 cut and it's too small for me to solder the center wire and keep the braid away from it. What's a good way to do this? ...
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How do I put an RJ-45 connector on to repair a Kenwood MC-59 microphone cable?

I've got a Kenwood MC-59 microphone, which started fraying around the place where the mic cable goes into the body. I thought I'd cut it off and put a new RJ-45 jack on it. After cutting the cable, I ...
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How do I replace the Li-ion battery in a Kenwood TM-741A?

I'm in Dominica working with a donated TM-741A. The internal memory backup battery lasted just long enough for me to learn three things: there's a backup battery; it's dead; there's no manual ...
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Motorola XT180 not charging

Some months back I bought a pair of XT180s and they've worked great. The problem is that it seems one of them was not charging all this time (I was wondering why the charging station only lit the ...
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Repairing a Tecsun PL-660

Two years ago, my father and I both received a Tecsun PL-660 radio as a Christmas gift. We both have had good experiences with our radios and generally enjoyed them until they recently both stopped ...
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Does anyone repair Flex radios other than Flex Radio?

A local ham that I have an evening sked with on 75m (Paul, W0EBV) sent his Flex 5000 SDR transceiver to Flex Radio Systems to get it repaired a few months ago. However, it seems that Flex is either ...
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Iskra sst 2030 radio speaker plug

I was asked by a friend to take a look at an old 70-80s Iskra sst 2030 (ex Jugoslavian-slovenian company) radio. The radio seems to work fine but I can't understand which plug it uses for speakers. ...
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How to diagnose DRAKE TR7 power problem

My son was recently gifted a vintage DRAKE TR7 ham radio. It's been "in the attic" for 20+ years. When we try to power it up, the (separate) power supply turns on and we have checked with a multi-...
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Intermittent receive on FT-990

My FT-990 often does not receive well after it powers up. i.e. Tuning across various bands, changing from one VFO to the other, few if any signals are heard. Briefly tuning up (CW) with low power ...
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Broken IF Transformer (tiny and 455 KHz)

I broke so called 'IF transformer' on my radio. I was just slightly trying to regulate it to follow an instructions that is found on Wikihow page. My aim was to listen to the conversations of pilots ...
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How to fix stickey VFO knobs on medium to old radios

I have a collection of medium old (in my opinion) radios such as a ts-440, ft-920, ft-840 and on all of them the vfo/tuning knobs are very stiff and "stutter" when turning. These radios have been in ...
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Relay cross reference for 1925-3-2

My amateur radio uses 1925-3-2 relays on the low pass filter board to select bands. This relay is no longer available. Is there an alternative I can use? Or something?
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Is preheating required before replacing an old valve?

I have a Drake transceiver. I want to replace the valves in the final output stage. The valve in question is a 6jb6. I was told by elmers that the valves need to be preheated (cooked) before ...
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Morse Code Key Grease

I just got an old brass key at a hamfest, and it appears to be in pretty good mechanical condition, aside from some dirt and dust. Taking it apart, the key (apologies for not knowing the exact ...
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Is a gradual power-up recommended for non tube based radios?

It used to be that if you wanted to power up an old tube radio, you'd use a variac and gradually bring up the line voltage to avoid damage to the radio. Is this needed or suggested for transformer ...