G8MNY > TECH 22.06.18 11:00l 58 Lines 2678 Bytes #9 (0) @ WW
BID : 26126_GB7CIP
Subj: IC 735 No RF Output Fault
Sent: 180622/0852Z @:GB7CIP.#32.GBR.EURO #:26126 [Caterham Surrey GBR]
To : TECH@WW
By G8MNY (Update Jan 15)
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I have 2 of these old rigs, a heavily used one for /P use, club events &
training courses etc. & a clean one in the shack. I've been looking into a
problem with my older well used IC735. It developed this fault while in use on
a /P demo HF station, so I had to go & get the shack one to continue!
Indicating clues to this fault's whereabouts, were the rig's O/P SWR meter
showing power & infinite SWR (internal protection SWR/over Current ALC cuts
power back to a safe level) but external kit showed no power.
Initially it looked like it was something to do with the rig's rear Rx phono
patch lead, as it came & went with any movement in that area. But it turned out
to be the nearby SO239, where the centre pin is allowed to float slightly to
make good connections. The thin hard wire used in the PA box to the filter PCB
had eventually fractured due to this small movement.
Access is fairly straight forward, but a lot of screws!
1/ Remove power lead, remove top & bottom covers including the anti rattle 4
around the LS.
2/ Unscrew the 4 screws for PA unit, remove external Phono Rx patch lead,
release LS lead, RF drive lead from underside PCB & 2 other connectors to
the upper PCB. then rotate the PA unit.
3/ Remove all the screening plate screws & lift it.
4/ Inspect the aerial socket. If broken as mine was or loose in PCB continue,
or go to 8/.
5/ Remove the filter PCB (loads more screws) unsolder Rx phono wire & earth.
6/ Replace the hard wire link with fine flexible multi-strand wire. (I kept
the original insulation tube)
7/ Put back the PCB & solder up, check the slight SO239 pin movement will not
break the new wire.
8/ Reassemble & test.
Also see tech bul "PA instability in ICOM IC735" & "Autocaller with old Maplin
Why don't U send an interesting bul?
73 de John G8MNY @ GB7CIP
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