[VHFcontesting] Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF Is My Hero! (Icom 746 Pro Repair)

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Sun May 30 15:01:36 PDT 2010

On Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF's advice, I checked all the software setting that 
can affect the microphone circuitry for the Icom 746 Pro. Nothing was amiss, 
but it made me think about "radio = computer" these days, and figuring I had 
nothing to lose, I did a hard reset of the internal CPU.

This wipes out all the memories, but I have those backed up on the computer 
and they can easily reloaded.

I powered back up the radio, and my transmit audio via the font panel was 
instantly restored! Bill, you rock! Thank you so much for the suggestion. My 
contest is saved.


Les Rayburn, N1LF

From: "William M. Pasternak" <newsline at ix.netcom.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2010 4:29 PM
To: "Les Rayburn" <les at highnoonfilm.com>
Subject: Re: [VHF] Recommendations for "quick turnaround" Icom 746-Pro 

> Les,
> Before you do anything else, get out the manual and check to see if by
> chance you did not accidently mute the front panel mic input.  I kind of
> remember that on some Icom radios this is possible to do.  Its kind of 
> rare
> that a mic input circuit goes bad in a piece of two way gear so Id check
> for a software (or hardware) switch being incorrectly set before anything
> else.  Let me know.
> de
> Bill P.  /  WA6ITF
> At 04:04 PM 5/30/2010 -0500, you wrote:
>>Fate is a cruel mistress. Friday brought my long-awaited 6 Meter VUCC 
>>earned using only indoor antennas. And Sunday morning brought reports of a 
>>Meter E-Skip opening, and strong signals on the Magic Band. Just when it 
>>seemed within my reach---disaster strikes.
>>My Icom 746 Pro has developed a problem with the front panel microphone 
>>circuitry. Signals from WSJT or my voice keyer software fed to the rig via 
>>rear panel ACC(1) jack work fine, but nothing via the front panel mic 
>>produces output.
>>I've swapped mic's, so it's for sure internal to the rig.
>>With the ARRL VHF Contest closing in, I need to get the rig repaired and 
>>Any recommendations on a fast shop to send it to?
>>Les Rayburn, N1LF
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