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Re: [TowerTalk] Alpha-Delta 1X4 Switch Problems

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Alpha-Delta 1X4 Switch Problems
From: mike stokes <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:38:14 -0400
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I have 4 of them and never have had any problems.  I hope it stays that way.


On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM, Jim Brown <>wrote:

> Crew,
> I own five of these switches purchased over a period of sevral years from
> various dealers, and have had at least two failures. In one, the #4
> position simply didn't work. I opened it up to find that it could not
> possibly work -- the wafer that was supposed to mate with the rotating part
> was too short! I discovered a problem this weekend in a second switch this
> weekend -- the #1 position doesn't make contact. When it was newer, I could
> fiddle with it and get it to mate. Now even that doesn't work. I opened it
> up and found no obvious problem, except that the two contacts didn't meet
> parallel to each other. Other positions in both switches work fine.
> These switches come with labels over the rear chassis screws warning you
> not to remove them, lest parts fly out and self destruct. And, of course,
> doing so voids the warranty. But, I ask, what good is a warranty on a
> product that costs a third of what you paid for it to ship back for repair,
> and is void if you bother to carefully open it up to check for obvious
> problems? After all, we are hams, not CBers. With both of the switches that
> have problems, the labels were intact, indicating that they had not been
> opened.
> Two failures out of five is pretty bad, especially for such a simple
> product, and inexcusable when one of those failures HAD to have been found
> in final test (if there WAS final test). When a group of us were using
> switches like these on a California QSO Party county DXpedition to switch
> antennas and filters, our host, N6RNO indicated that at least one of his
> switches had a problem that he hadn't figured out yet. Is this isolated to
> us?  Anyone else seen these problems?
> 73,
> Jim K9YC
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