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Re: [Amps] Uruguay Amp Project

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Subject: Re: [Amps] Uruguay Amp Project
From: Patrick Barthelow <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 10:28:29 -0700
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I found this interesting article:


Looks like I should check with this Foreign Service officer/ham, who may have 
some solutions, for bringing in ham gear.

Best Regards,   
73, de Pat Barthelow AA6EG
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> Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 11:19:59 -0400
> There is a retired American Airlines pilot who travels regularly to
> Montevideo. I think it is CX1TT. Don't know if he would be willing to help,
> because he has his own amplifier and radio repair issues. It is exceeding
> hard to import things, and then to repair them. For example, both CX6VM and
> CX1TT had trouble with their K3. The guys at Elecraft, say "no problem,
> just UPS it back to us"...But they don't realize the monumental effort and
> cost that will entail, and have to go through customs again. It's not easy
> being a ham outside the USA.
> 73
> Dale N3BNA
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> It sounds like she needs to make friends with someone in the US or another 
> embassy. That has been the import method of choice for many over the 
> decades.
> Carl
> KM1H
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Patrick Barthelow" <>
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> Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:51 PM
> Subject: [Amps] Uruguay Amp Project
> > Folks,
> >
> > In the course of helping a YL build an amp in Uruguay, I am making 
> > progress, but am amazed at the challeges faced by hams there, and probably
> > other small countries, who want to buy or build ham gear, particularly 
> > amps. I found an insider representative in the Uruguay broadcast 
> > tramsmitter industry who is looking for spare broadcast transmitter parts,
> > suitable for Amateur amps, such as tubes, transformers, power supply 
> > parts, etc for this ham.

> > He said, in the commercial TX world repairs or parts acquisition is 
> > difficult and expensive, and a main vendor they rely on is Nebraska Radio 
> > Sales. OUCH(!) NRS seems to have insanely high prices on QRO RF 
> > components, at least to me they seem high. To add insult to injury this 
> > insider says every purchase, say for a $1000 vacuum variable, or say a 
> > transformer has a $1000 (equal amount) dollar duty tacked on before he can
> > bring it in. OUCH! Says there are a lot of solid state Broadcast TX 
> > there, but also a lot of older tube transmitters, in the 1-10KW range as 
> > spares, backups so I am hopeful to find the heavy parts for a power supply
> > there, to save money...In the olden days, here, the 4-400A was a common 
> > find if you trolled radio station engineers for spares, probably not so 
> > much any more.
> >
> > As to commercial ham gear I bet they also pay a super high tax on retail 
> > gear brought in, so anyone in CX land on the air, has committed 
> > considerable economic effort to do so.
> > I wonder if this lady could find usable components in a junked 1KW 
> > microwave oven for a power supply, diodes, or caps, transformer, etc? The
> > last microwave oven that I took apart, had some hefty lookig HV diodes, 
> > and what looked like a transistorized flyback style HV generator. I will
> > have to look through arciived threads on the reflector here....

> > Best Regards,
> > 73, de Pat Barthelow AA6EG
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