Don't fear returning your radio to Ten Tec if you have the orginal box
and padding, or can repack appropriately. Insure the shipment as well.
However, before going to that trouble, get the internal tuner exposed by
taking off the cabinet, and if you have a DVM with diode check, check
the diodes on the tuner board with the meter, (Radio off of course). If
you don't get 0.6 volt across one direction of each diode, you have
found a bad one. The other direction should not show a voltage barrier
of 0.6, unless for some reason two diodes are in shunt.
The main use of diodes in the tuner will be for SWR bridge, and for
relay back EMF suppression. You can use the ohms scales to check the
relays for correct contact action. This might require an "Elmer" if you
are not accoustomed to working on your own electronics circuits.
The diodes are the most prone to fail component in any SWR measuring
Of all your options, checking the diodes is the easiest to do yourself
and least costly. IF diodes test bad, you can get the parts from
distributors or Ten Tec, and carefully solder them in to replace the
originals. Just pay attention to polarity, Make a sketch of which
direction any bands are oriented on the diodes, before removing old ones.
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