[TenTec] Ten Tec Argo V repair

Bob McGraw rmcgraw at blomand.net
Wed Jan 27 21:03:55 EST 2021

For all practical purposes, component repair is more likely to be 
accomplished with current production products.  The reason, new boards 
in production may have a component failure and they have the staff and 
tools to diagnose and replace the parts.  Where as older non-production 
boards, the test fixtures and skills along with parts availability are 
always in question.

Most companies today prefer to do system diagnostics and then board 
replacement.   The cost of producing  a fully loaded and tested boards  
today are generally far less than one hour of human diagnostic time.


Bob, K4TAX

On 1/27/2021 9:58 AM, Mike Bryce wrote:
> Another issue is the specialized parts required. I’m not talking microprocessors and the like, I’m talking about dc-dc inverters, lcd screen drivers, audio amplifiers and on and on.
> You could repair a Omni C with nothing more than a mouser part order—you can’t do that nowadays.
> Sources and stocking those oddball parts would be an expensive undertaking, and would drive up the repair costs.
> I’m not sure and might be shooting from the hip, but I’d guess that Icom, Yaesu and Kenwood repairs are nothing more than swapping out a bad board for a new one. I’m not sure they do component level repair like Ten Tec does (did!)
> Way, way back, I did some apple computer repair on the side. Apple’s service policy was simple: Try this. Try that. Replace mother board.
> Mike Bryce
> prosolar at sssnet.com
> "The eye is always caught by the light, but shadows have more to say"
>> On Jan 26, 2021, at 11:10 PM, Bob McGraw <rmcgraw at blomand.net> wrote:
>> There is the physical value of a radio and then there is the sentimental value of a radio.   Clearly in most cases the sentimental value is much much greater than the physical value. Of course when one needs to get a radio repaired or when one wants to sell a radio, the sentimental value goes to $0.00 for the buyer.   Likewise for the fellow doing the repairs.
>> I repaired radios for years for $25/hr, then $35/hr, then $50/hr and finally $75/hr.   The time/labor was a small part of the the price.  It was the test equipment required being the main reason for the price increases.   One can no longer repair a radio with a Black Beauty soldering iron or a Weller soldering gun and a Simpson 260 VOM.
>> Yes, we are into a throw-away world.
>> 73
>> Bob, K4TAX
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