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Re: [Amps] Cleaning open frame TR relay

To: "'William Miller'" <>, "'Mark - N5OT'" <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Cleaning open frame TR relay
From: "Robert W5AJ" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 13:12:26 -0500
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besides cleaning, 
If the contacts have stuck or look pitted
go to Newark webpage (or your favorite mail order), find equal and put on

Never emery cloth, maybe for that contest emergency - then for sure get new
relay on order.

73 W5AJ

Midland, Texas

-----Original Message-----
From: Amps [] On Behalf Of William Miller
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:17 PM
To: Mark - N5OT <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Cleaning open frame TR relay

I ran into the same situation.

My technique was to use a strip (cut to the width of the contacts) of heavy
80 lb paper about 1.5" long, and secured one end of it to a hemostat.
I "soaked" the loose end of the paper with DeOxit and lifted the relay arm
with a dental pick to insert the wet strip between the contacts.
I was only able to "pull" the paper in one direction so multiple passes were
needed to satisfy myself that the contacts were clean & corrosion free.
I also changed the paper strip 3+ times for each of the 3 contacts that
needed cleaning then ran dry strips to remove any excess DeOxit.

Radio has been working FB for a couple of years now & I have not had any
further relay contact issues to date.

Hope this helps,

On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 12:19 PM Mark - N5OT <> wrote:

> What's the best way to clean the contacts of an open-frame TR relay?
> I'm hoping to just clean the relay without disassembing the amp, but 
> the contacts are a little hard to get at.
> 73 - Mark N5OT
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