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Re: Topband: From CO8LY

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Subject: Re: Topband: From CO8LY
From: Herb Schoenbohm <herbs@vitelcom.net>
Reply-to: "herbs@vitelcom.net >> \"Herbert L. Schoenbohm\"" <herbs@vitelcom.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:52:14 -0400
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Eduardo Somoano C wrote:
> I write to you to ask for a big favor. I own an old YAESU FT-747 which final
> RF
> power transistors 2SC2290 or 2SC3240 were damaged.
> I have not been able to find them, allthough I have searched ansiously.
I hope we can help Eduardo but there are some restrictions in sending 
parcels from the U.S. which make a European source not as problematic.  
Only problem is the cost of DHL from the UK to Cuba want 36 UK Pounds 
for a 2kg packet.  Shipping from Mexico or the Bahamas is less costly.  
Also the new U.S. rules for gift parcels allows shipment of "certain 
consumer communications devices" but whether or not small transistors to 
repair such a device should, but I am not absolutely sure, fall under 
that exemption.

The new U.S. Regs provide the following:

/*Q*: *What changes were made to the items eligible for export to Cuba 
in gift parcels?*/
*A*: In addition to the items previously eligible, gift parcels may now 
include civilian clothing, personal hygiene items, seeds, veterinary 
medicines and supplies, fishing equipment and supplies, soap-making 
equipment, and other non-sensitive items of a type normally sent as 
gifts between individuals, including *certain consumer communications 

/*Q*: *Who may send gift parcels to Cuba?*/
*A*: Any individual is an eligible donor.

I checked MCM but came up empty with those part numbers.  Perhaps Newark 
or Mouser would have them.  I checked with the USPS here and they will 
accept only letters not parcels for Cuba.  I presume other carriers such 
as DHL have a way to get things there.

Please help Eduardo if you can.  He has been there in the contests when 
you needed him.


Herb Schoenbohm, KV4FZ

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