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Ham Radio Circuits and Repair / Wimpy TS-520 Cooling Fan
« Last post by KI5GKD on November 18, 2019, 10:01:53 PM »
I just got a new (to me) TS-520 on Saturday and after watching some of Buddy's videos I got it up and running.  But, is it just me or is the cooling fan about the wimpiest fan on record?  When I first got it I could watch the blades turn and after disassembling it and lubing the bearings (bushings) with Mobil 1 motor oil it runs faster but there is still virtually no airflow.  I have bought a 3.5" 120VAC muffin fan off fleabay and I hope this will run off of the 100VAC running to the stock fan.  Kind of an odd voltage to be sending to a fan IMHO.  If it doesn't run correctly I'll find a switched 120V source in the radio to send over to it.

Is this a common issue or am I over reacting?  I made a few contacts on Sunday and was told it sounded very good but as the day wore on the meter was acting screwy when I tried to touch up the tuning after changing bands.  That's when I noticed the fan poking along and I have not tried operating again after oiling the fan.
New member welcome / Re: Howdy from North Texas
« Last post by KI5GKD on November 18, 2019, 09:48:50 PM »
It was bought on-line with Receives OK bu no transmit.  I found when I got it that sometimes if I jiggled one of the switches the VFO light would go out so I took off the covers and went to town with the DeOxit and it was up and running in no time.  I think the receiver is better than my Yaesu FT-707.

I would probably still be working on it without your videos!
New member welcome / Re: Howdy from North Texas
« Last post by The Radio Shop on November 18, 2019, 05:03:54 AM »
Hi Justin,
Welcome to the forums.
Great to hear you got the 520 working. Good for you.

New member welcome / Howdy from North Texas
« Last post by KI5GKD on November 16, 2019, 10:56:32 PM »
I would like to thank the admin for the great Ts-520 videos.  After watching them I was able to get my "new" 520SE working this morning about an hour after FedEx left it on the porch!

I originally had a Novice ticket in the late 60s and never was able to get code speed over 10 WPM so it lapsed.  Fast forward to 2019 and I passed my General test a couple months ago so I am trying to pick back up where I left off. 

Justin B.
New member welcome / Re: Hello from Alabama
« Last post by The Radio Shop on November 08, 2019, 09:58:21 AM »
Welcome. Thanks for sharing and please keep us updated on the process.
I have been planning a video lesson on the pine board project but trying to get all the  stuff sorted out. And time.
You will love that 101 once it is done.

New member welcome / Re: Hello from Alabama
« Last post by KE4EST on November 07, 2019, 08:49:29 PM »
Welcome to the forum!!
Would love to see pics of the stuff you mentioned above.
Michael, KE4EST
New member welcome / Hello from Alabama
« Last post by W4OS-Ron on November 07, 2019, 06:06:23 PM »
Hello everyone. Got my Novice license in fall of 1977. Call Sign WD4OSE.  Took the Tech Plus test in the Spring of 1978 at the Columbus, GA Hamfest. (It was given by the FCC back then.) In the Fall of 1978 I took the 13 WPM test at the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery,  AL. Was given by a lady from the FCC. Passed and got my General. My first HF Rig was a Henry Tempo one. Was very involved in Amateur Radio till 1981 when my first child was born. Lost interest in the hobby but did not let my license lapse. Got back in the hobby in 2004 when I retired. In the summer of 2008 I took the Extra Test and applied for the Vanity Call W4OS and was lucky enough to get it. Have worked a lot of DX and chased a lot of paper. Still love to rag-chew.

About a year ago the AM Bug bit me and have been trying to remember what I was taught years ago and learn as much as I can.  I have built the Bob Heil Pine Board Transmitter and tried to rebuild a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter. Found the ceramic band switch was badly broken.

A couple months back. I found a Yaesu FT-101E at a flea-market.  Have been watching Buddy's videos on repairing and rebuilding the FT-101. Today I found The Electronics Universe.
New member welcome / Re: New to the Forum
« Last post by KE4EST on November 03, 2019, 12:37:42 AM »
Welcome to the forum Greg!
Amplifiers / Re: HF Amp Project with 811A tubes
« Last post by The Radio Shop on November 01, 2019, 11:23:57 AM »
Wished I did, soon as it was finished a guy bought it.
How CB radio works / Re: Understanding how CB radio works
« Last post by The Radio Shop on November 01, 2019, 11:22:56 AM »
No problem :)
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