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Replacement HF Receiver

Postby Paul338 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:20 pm

Hi Guys.
I have an ICOM-IC-R 71E Receiver which I have had for many many years , and has worked a treat.
But over the last three weeks it has been playing up a bit, the frequencies have been cutting out and coming back.Also the
frequency readout has been showing strange things, a lot of the time it works ok.
I am thinking it may be on it's way out.
Can anybody tell me if there is another receiver out there like the R-71E which I can look at which will not cost me an arm and a leg.
Many thanks.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby m0lsx » Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:21 pm

Is it worth getting it looked at? The 71E is an excellent receiver which may lack some of the bells & whistles of later radios, but Noise Blanker & notch work really well.
If you want a replacement then what are you thinking about, something much more upmarket & far more expensive, or something comparable & like your Icom older?
some of the newer SDR's do not cost an arm & a leg, yet from what I have read perform reasonably. It's route I am thinking of going at the moment.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby Paul338 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:32 pm

Hi there.
I may be looking for something like my Icom, I am not keen on places like Ebay because you can never be sure of what you are buying
is going to be ok, they often say one thing and you get something else.
I am also limited to a max of about £160 which does not help,I am a pensioner.Also a lot of the Icom repair shops charge a hell of a lot of money.
If you have any ideas, let me know.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby maylandmanta » Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:09 pm

Maybe worth getting looked at as Alan said as it seems a majority of the faults on this radio are down to faulty electrolytic capacitors . Having just had a quick look on Ebay a full set of replacement capacitors can be got for about £30 so may work out a lot cheaper than replacing radio.

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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby Paul338 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:03 am

Ok guys, thanks for that.
I shall weigh up my options and decide later, hopefully before Christmas.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby lars » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:49 am

I would expect that any piece of electronic equipment this age would be a candidate for new electrolytic capacitors. They do degrade over time.

But...

As a general matter, would a high-quality set of this age actually perform any better (when repaired) than this year's cheap Tecsun? No doubt there's a difference in build quality and serviceability; but there have been several decades of technological development between then and now. What are the practical advantages of repairing a receiver of this vintage?
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby m0lsx » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:00 pm

Paul338 wrote:Also a lot of the Icom repair shops charge a hell of a lot of money.


You do not have to use Icom to get it repaired.
Two people advertise in Radcom, the RSGB magazine.
www.kent-rigs.co.uk

And
M0NKL, Nick who lists the email address np262@yahoo.co.uk

Castle Electronics also has a very good reputation for reasonably priced repairs done well.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby Paul338 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:27 pm

Hi guys.
I have sent an email to Castle Electronics, so we will see what they say. Thanks for the info.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby Paul338 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:44 pm

Hi guys.

Have been in touch with Castle electronics and they are charging £35 pr hour,plus the cost of parts needed and also
postage both ways. " probably looking at about £170 ". As the radio works ok some of the time I am going to leave it be for the time being.
I have now got myself a Realistic DX-394 from Ebay, £87 , I should get it by Friday.
I think it will keep me quiet for a while.
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Re: Replacement HF Receiver

Postby m0lsx » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:46 pm

Paul338 wrote:I have now got myself a Realistic DX-394 from Ebay, £87 , I should get it by Friday.
I think it will keep me quiet for a while.


They are not too bad. The B model is better than the A, but both a fair RX's.
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