[TenTec] Jupiter Question

Al Gulseth wb5jnc at centurytel.net
Sat Dec 17 11:44:28 EST 2016

Therein lies the rub. It has reached the point where the purchase of any 
recent production (recent being the past couple of decades) technology item, 
including automobiles, probably needs to be viewed as "disposable" from the 
likelyhood of the item eventually becoming a parts donor or going to 
recycling due to parts availability and repairability. Case in point: a "car 
guy" neighbor of mine says he's seen certain models of ten year +/- old 
luxury vehicles going for salvage value at auctions due to high 
troubleshooting and repair costs related to the dozens of computer modules in 
the vehicle. It's ironic that in many cases it's easier to keep the old 
Tritons, early Omnis, etc. on the air than it is the newer stuff. That's the 
advantage of having the rig's "CPU" be the one between the op's ears.

73, Al

On Sat December 17 2016 9:19:24 am Ed lawson wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:43:46 -0600
> > Hope it’s not the CPU though...
> That is my greatest fear.  I've never had a CPU go bad in other
> consumer products, why do they seem a problem area in some ham gear?
> Perhaps it is due to the fact ham gear is used for years.  After all,
> how many people are still using a 486 based computer. That seems the
> rub, a good radio is a good radio essentially forever while other gear
> with CPUs become functionally obsolete within a few years.  Just seems
> a terrible waste to have a nice radio become a brick upon the failure
> of a part.

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