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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

IC-7000 Dead

Well as you might have guessed it, my IC-7000 is dead as it is no longer TX any power.  Currently the UHF/VHF work fine, but on the HF frequencies its TX power is less than desired.

TX Power
10M 80%
15M 50%
20M 30%

I purchased this back in Nov 2008 and have a little over 1300 contacts.  Really disappointed, so I will be sending it off for a repair and estimate to MTS Repair.  Jim at MTS seems to think the issue is my HF Finals, but he won't know for sure until he gets the radio which I will send next week.  In the mean time I am heading out to purchase a Yaesu FT-950.

After my IC-7000 broke I started searching the net for symptoms and cause and only to find out that this is common when you don't use the ICOM tuner and you use an after market tuner like I have (LDG AT-7000 and the LDG-1000 PRO). (Here is a article on my issue I think)

So once I get the rig back I will be selling it to help offset the costs of my FT-950.

Lesson learned and moving on with DXing.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hustler 4-BTV Update 3-6-2012

3-6-2012 So now that I have the ground radial system installed with 60, 32 foot radials, the antenna is not performing as expected.  So I spoke with DX Engineering they are going to check out my setup and they too agree that the antenna should be performing so much better than it is now.  One possible problem might be the band conditions, as confirmed by W6TAD and DX Engineering...these past few days have sucked.

So today I will be hooking up my old tuner (I got a new one and a AMP) and removing the new tuner and AMP (AL-811H) from the equation just to ensure I did not screw something up.

More updates as this project progresses.

Completed 4-BTV Radial System (FRONT)

Completed 4-BTV Radial System (BACK)