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From: Stuart Rohre <rohre@arlut.utexas.edu>
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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:34:04 -0600
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Collins did not walk on the water either.  I operated the Collins line 
at W5USA, the then 4th US Army MARS station, during a field 
demonstration.  We kept having intermittent fuse blowing, and shut down.

Finally, opening up the rig's power supply section, I was able to see an 
arc across the tube rectifier pins.  There was a cracked Mica filled 
phenolic Amphenol type socket, of the types seen in many rigs in 1958.

Somehow, our new Collins had left the production line with a cracked 
socket that finally arced through.

Any manufacturer can have problems.  One thing you pay for with an 
American made radio, is customer service that sends you the failed 
component no charge if it is a minor component.  Ten Tec has done that 
on numerous occasions for many on this list.  The other thing you get is 
action in a short period of one mail or UPS cycle, unlike the import 
rigs where the part may have to come from Japan, and soon, from China 
and take much longer to resolve a problem.


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