RE: The Boatanchors Net

Yes Dan, I’m aware of your situation. My own personal belief is that your impending retirement will only be a formality, because you’re so accustomed to running at Warp 25 from the instant you get up until your head hits the pillow. “Retirement” sounds so inviting, but you seem to be one of those people who will be always finding things to do is stave off boredom.


As I I said, Michael and I need to do some rudimentary troubleshooting first in order to save time later by determining what the problem is not. It would be helpful to us if you could speculate in email about what the cause might be. What, in your experience, might cause a 820 to suddenly go completely dead? Did you see anything suspicions that might later cause a failure, for example?


From: Dan Cox []
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 4:40 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: Re: The Boatanchors Net


Scott, all; I’ve not had time to read all of what has happened to the TS-820 but other than a few “scratchy” controls (Mic gain and RIT for example), the radio worked very well and had an excellent and stable receiver when I worked on it. Unfortunately, with a full time job that takes about 11-12 hrs/day there is not much time for talking on the “appliances” let alone fixing things right now. After I get a receiver going for Sammy and a Kenwood TS-530 going, I could probably come over, pick it up and take another look. This could be a month or so down the line but if no one else can get there sooner, I can take a shot at it.

Will try to go back and look at the emails to see what all has happened to it.

Talk soon; Dan K8WOZ  


On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 1:48 PM, Scott Royall <> wrote:

I suppose that means Michael and I need to convene and at least do some rudimentary troubleshooting on the Kenwood. :O


Michael is easy to remember. How many guys do you know who wear kilts 365 days a year? Oops, I forgot I’m talking to “Renaissance” people, that question might get a unexpected answer.


Yes, Jim could probably Jap-slap the 820 back to consciousness in an afternoon. Too bad he lives on the far side of Pluto.



From: Lynn Fisk []
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:26 AM
To: Scott Royall
Cc: Michael Wrenn
Subject: Re: The Boatanchors Net


Michael, Scott, greetings.  I am sorry I am a bit slow to pick up on all this, being stretched and scattered as we are at Sherwood.


Michael, I’m trying to place you.  We visited last year a time or to, if I remember correctly, but I can’t recall the circumstances.  Maybe you can come by this weekend and we can renew the acquaintance?


And Scott, about your radio–I would be more help with an older radio.  Those hybrid rigs, especially, the old Kenwoods, can be really great, but there are too many solid state parts for me to understand them.  Maybe Dan or Jim can be more help. And Scott, continue to join us on Wednesday evenings while this project is in the works.  We’ll talk again soon.  73, K5LYN


On Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 12:30 PM, Scott Royall <> wrote:

Out here? Where are you? Ah,  Austin. That explains where you are these weekends. I’m lucky if I get to TRF once a year.


Anyway, Lynn is more of a Central Electronics and Collins guy. Dan is more the generalist, if he has time and the inclination. Otherwise, I have to ship it off and hope for the best. :/

BTW, my other stuff is here.


From: Michael Wrenn []
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:41 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: The Boatanchors Net


I know Lynn. He works out here at Sherwood Forest Faire.

All the best,

Michael Wrenn

On Feb 13, 2015 7:57 PM, “Scott Royall” <> wrote:

No big deal, Lynn. I was running the external VFO on the TS-820S, and I couldn’t get it to transmit on frequency. In fact, with the switches set per the manual, the transceiver kept trying to transmit using the non-existent crystal in the Fixed position. Yeah, you read correctly, it was very confused. If I moved the Function switch to the internal VFO position, I could transmit on the external VFO, but 1.5 KHz below my receive frequency. Are we confused enough yet?


It turns out that the actual issue is apparently something Dan commented on when he delivered the rig. He said it was really dirty inside. And, although he did some cleaning, I can tell from wiggling the controls that various contacts still need a good encounter with De-Oxit! Unfortunately, I just had another more serious run-in with the general issue this evening as I was trying to tune the 820 up for the first time on 40m. I couldn’t get any output no matter what I did until I accidentally bumped the Mode switch. That gave me plenty of output—for about 30 seconds.


You can guess what happened. Before I could finish tuning up, there was a curious rustling sound and the radio went completely dead. It really didn’t sound like a “pop,” but I obviously murdered a fuse in the 820, because it is now a 39-pound paperweight! Sigh. I’ll have to ask Dan or Michael to come cast “raise dead” on the beast.


From: Lynn Fisk []
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:06 PM
Subject: The Boatanchors Net


Scott, greetings.  I am delighted that you have been joining our net recently. Last night you said something about a difficulty with the rig you are working on, but it went by me too fast.


If you want to explain more, I’ll do what I can to help.


Thanks for coming by, and 73.


K5LYN, Lynn.




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