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Icom IC-R1 Receiver - fix or replace?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by Scott B., September 4, 2008.

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  1. Scott B.

    Scott B. Well-Known Member

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    I have a dilemma...

    I have an Icom IC-R1 wideband receiver that has stopped working. I am trying to decide if I should try to have it repaired, or just bite the bullet and buy a new IC-R6 Sport.

    The problem is the unit will not power up. I have tried it with external/AC power, external batteries, and with the built-in rechargeables disconnected. Nothing.

    Repair shop fees are $75.00 hour. A new radio is $175, plus a few accessories. As you see, the repair costs could easily surpass the cost of a new radio.

    Thoughts or suggestions?
     
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  3. rizzjc

    rizzjc Scubajoe - Radio Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Wow, I'm not sure I'd bother. It's old, I guess, and probably the newer one is a lot nicer. Personally, I'd take it apart and try the easy stuff - see if you can figure out how far the power is making it to. Can't make it worse! ;)

    You could also probably find something used for less than you'd pay to have that repaired.
     
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    Dead Icom

    If you're in Garner, try contacting someone in the Raleigh Amateur Radio Club (RARS). They probably have some QRP'ers who build rigs, and you might find a volunteer to check it. I don't remember the local repeater frequencies, but you could find them by scanning 145 to 148 Mhz.

    NE4TM Tommy in Lenoir, NC
     
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    Ooooops!

    My mistake, Scott. I see that you are in Cumming, GA. Same advice applies, just different location. Find a local amateur radio club and ask if they have any QRP (low power) members. They're usually into building their own rigs and some will have test equipment. The R1 is probably worth fixing.

    Tommy NE4TM
     
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    I'm for getting it fixed.

    I believe this to be a really good reciever and high $$$ value.

    Look into what lhsbearcat64 suggests and see whaere that goes.

    luck,
     
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    Yeah, I'm in Garner, and a member of RARS. Don't know if anyone who works on this stuff. I do know one guy who works on radios for the state police. Not sure if he can look at something like this or not.
     
  8. Scott B.

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    Well, I guess I will tinker with it for now. As Joe said, I can't make it any worse!

    Hopefully, it just a bad switch or something simple. (Add something else to the TODO list!)
     
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    Scott B,

    How's things going with the R1 ?

    Have you attempted any repairs ?

    If not and if you want to get rid of it let me know $$$$.

    ltr,
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    I haven't played with it yet. Hopefully after the holidays.

    I would like to fix it - this one is a non-cell-freq-blocked unit.
     
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    Didn't mean to rattle the cage but was just wondering how it went.
    If for some reason you don't work on it or if you work on it and do not get the results you want AND you want to part with it... let me know.

    The radio is a good one, a keeper if you can, if you can't get it to work I feel it is worth the repair.
    Find a good ICOM repair house and let them do the work.
    It may cost you a little more but sometime it is worth it because ICOM will update the unit at the same time with the latest software and any hardware goodies that have changed.

    ltr
     
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    I have always liked that radio - it's just a matter of finding an afternoon where I can sit and tinker - un-interrupted.
     
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    Luck,
     

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