|www.hamelectronicsmagazine.com (mirror site: www.earlandrews.com (on the web since 2005)
by Earl Andrews Amateur Radio Station VE3AB (on the airwaves since 1972)
|I buy, sell and collect parts. Mostly older solid state
technology. For 1970s and 1980s type of equipment.
I sell to tinkerers, amateur repair people, ham radio
people (of course-(Iam VE3AB afterall !) and even CB
operators (there's always hope they will convert over
to ham radio)! -- Me..? I don't discriminate!!
No pressure here... I have taken early retirement
option from a job in/near Ottawa, Ontario Canada and
Ive moved to Elliot Lake, On a retirement town.
CLICK HERE for MY HUGE LIST of ELECTRONICS PARTs
-- PAGE (Parts I have for sale listed by part number)
Small orders- even just a few parts..MY SPECIALTY!!
|I enjoy the articles with photos that you post.
Thanks you and feel free to write lots more.
Jim ( another ham in Anchorage Alaska -
Ok Jim..I am working on some more articles
and projects. -- I'm even working on a
non-ham..non electronics web site now and
hope to have it going in the next little while!!
Its being worked on (April 2013).
|I'm the only person in Canada who sells QRP radio parts OR older radio
parts for fixing up older rigs.. in any sort of regular organized way!!!! - I
also offer free advice (lots of it in fact!)
My selection of parts is pretty complete and most reasonably priced. I sell
both new and good used pull parts. For pulls and surplus and N.O.S. I can
give you a money back GUARANTEE!!
Gentlemans Agreeement: Try the part or parts in your circuit..if they dont
work...then I will refund you your money (paypal)!
|*** NEW ARTICLE..MARCH 22-2013 -- A ten tec Argonaut 509 with low power issues (only 200 mw out)-- blame it on the capacitor
(you can see some of the "cracked" capacitors in some pictures on this page!!! CLICK HERE ARTICLE
*** NEW ARTICLE: Installation of the OPTIONAL filter (ie CW filter for the ICOM
IC-718).. March 2013 click here for this one page article -- This is ONE PIECE of more modern ham gear that I own! I don't look forward
to trying to fix these newer rigs with their denser more sophisticated circuitry.
OLD TUBE RADIOS - restoration tips and practical ideas CLICK HERE
FT-301 TRANSCEIVER PAGES (Photos, the parts I sell, the repair work I do or have done) - I have 3 junker FT301 Parts radios CLICK
FT101... I have begun servicing these rigs. Kinda heavy to send in the mail though!!! - I BUY junker 101s for fixing up or I can part out.
LINK HERE PAGE
RIGHT NOW..I'm tackling installing an AADE digital display in an FT101E. --
Ten Tec Argonaut 505 troubleshooting article CLICK HERE FOR THIS ARTICLE
Another Ten Tec Argonaut 505 (sent in the mail for me to work on) CLICK HR
TEN TEC ARGONAUT 509 thru 515 -- tips..mods..fixes ect ----click on link here\
Even More TT Argonaut tips..ie frozen PTO fixes, good transistors to use as final PA output and more tips..click here for this page
Trying to marry up an N3ZI dds with a TT argonaut 509. This hasnt been a sucess (yet!) .. I will be trying it again here perhaps this
winter. The article is just here for reference only....click here
FT221 PAGES - I have 2 of these radios..they are similar in layout to the FT301 and same black color..some troubleshooting ect
(updated) CLIK HERE
Korting 1030/1031 tube receiver-- basic tuneup and cleaning and listening on the AM BC band link here
Hammarlund HQ180AC ..some pictures and notes about this classic BOAT- ANCHOR click here
Jan 1 2013 (article rewritten better now) Make your own dual gate mosfets from cheaper & available BF981s-- a how to article..these
parts work well I find! I think they work as well as the highly touted 3N211sclick hr ARTICLE.
Old tube radios..and older radios..how to clean them up and get them going with tips and pictures. click here article
Hard to get parts ..ie TS850 TS440s ..trying to get replacement parts is some-times next to impossible for certain radios..click here
TEN TEC ARGOSY REPAIR and Service. I have just started working on this article. I plan to carry spare parts and do servicing of
Argosys in the very near future. Click here for this new article in progress. (link here ).
MORE TO COME SOON..also..I have started a new web site with QTH.COM
CALLED www.earlandrews.info -- I am just starting to get that one going but I hope to (perhaps) take all my fishing and Elliot Lake and
stuff other than ham radio...--> over to this new web site and keep this one for HAM RADIO ONLY..-- NOTED: MARCH 22-2013.
|Special Buy I did..above: RCA 40823 DG Mosfets (good
replacements for 40673s..I have tried these in an rf front end
circuit of an FT101E..they work good! $3 each
|Technical Articles by Earl VE3AB (includes my homebrew Antenna Articles).
|My new PARTS PAGE (being worked on now)..April
19th 2013.. too cold to do any fishing and all the lakes
are still froze!!! LINK TO MY RE-VAMPED PARTS
PAGE(s)..... under CONSTRUCTION..APRIL 2013.
|MANUALS (in pdf format)..for older
solid state radios (ie the older
argonauts and FT301s ect and other
accessories..CLICK HERE for manuals
|REFERENCES TO MY WORK. AND REFERENCES OF MY PARTS
SERVICE --> .CLICK HERE FOR A TON <-- OF GOOD REFERENCES
Ive been doing this now since 2005 when I retired early. I'm slowly
building up a great number of satisfied customers
--->>I do this as a "hobby that gives me satifaction" <<<<
|I'm in the market to buy broken down HF radios for
parting out purposes. Also if they are fixable..I can fix
them and sell them as USED RADIOs email me this link
|The Radios I work on now and stock parts for:
**TT Argonaut 505,509, 515 I have all of these working and a couple I need to fix up/restore and I have all the semi-
conductors Note that..the Argonaut is a sacred cow! I do not part them out..they can always be repaired!
** Yaesu FT301 (circuit card repairs by mail) -- (the whole radio is too heavy/big to send in the mail) - I have 5 FT301s
---FT221 (circuit cards by mail) I have 2 working FT221s
**Atlas 210x - I have 1 good one and 2 for parts
** Just starting to gear up for the Ten Tec Argosy - I have some of the semiconductors in stock
** converters/transverters and ham accessories..ie Heathkit stuff is pretty easy to work on
---CONSULTATION AND HELPs to fix your rig your-self. I do it by email and analysis..so if you get stuck..you can ask me for
help and/or even send me the parts to test/whatever.. $10 per hour sort of deal..and Im not strict about it.
email me and we can do a free estimate and consultation..
I used to live in Clayton Ontario..and I just kept the email as is..I now live in Elliot Lake, Ontario..north of Michigan State and
I always faithfully answer my emails.
I am retired from a civil service job from Ottawa area and I do these activities as retirement activities. I moved to Elliot Lake
in 2005 (a retirement town).
|My PAY PAL email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
|I work by email and use pay pal (mostly)
CONTACT ME: email@example.com ******
|I test my PARTS (whenever I can) Shown right pictured is my logic test
jig..(a Heathkit Logic Lab). I wired up a test jig to test some Hewlett Packard
displays for a fellow who wanted 5 in Italy. (My price was a most reasonable
$7 for each part) and postage was about $7)- This is typical of my low cost
services. I work from home on my own time (semi-retired).
***** IF YOU HAVE PARTS YOU WANT TESTED... I CAN DO THAT TOO! - any
work $10 per hour bench rate and I'm not all that strict about that. Helps
buy the odd ham accessory.
|This HR10B was rusted out at the bottom. I picked it up
to use as a parts rig - I do have some tubes and parts. I
still have about 400 tubes..but I'm trying to specialize in
solid state gear and electronics from the 1970s and 80s.
|I TEST MY PARTS..whereever possible!
Many if not almost all ebay sellers won't
test their parts nor will they give you
details on parts like the part numbers in
ME...I give you all I can. I even guarantee
certain used parts I cannot test. My small
basement shop has to try harder!!!!
|PICTURE GALLERY BELOW: My parts... My work...what I enjoy doing with my winters!!!
|I only had 4 of these old RCA 2N270s and they were
bought from me (pretty quickly). -- If you have old parts
like these..Id be interested in swinging a deal. I have a
Ten Tec Argonaut 505 for trade or cash! I sold them for
about $7 or $8 tested. Lower than ebay sellers by far!
|sold out !
|sold out !
|Im sold out of these TIL 306s and 308s as well. I
was selling for $8 to $10 used tested!
I sold about 20 of them. Use AADE display! I found
the AADE display ..fairly easy to put into the FT301.
|testing the drive and power output from the argonaut 505 stages
while trouble shooting a rig that someone sent me in the mail. The
fault turned out to be the coupling capacitor right at the antenna
connector of the rig! See the pictures below of the problem
capacitors I found in this Argonaut 505.
|MAIN FAULT in argonaut 505 (low power
output) turned out to be the coupling
|Re-capping an argonaut 505 audio board. Also fixing one
w/bad AF IC. -- To be truthful.. the electrolytic capacitors that I
took out of the 505 while re-capping..did have some ESR
measured but generally it was less than an ohm -- so the
re-capping of this 1974 vintage rig could have waited a few
more years in my opinion.
|A bad batch .022 uf tropical fish capacitors in an argonaut 505. -- The leads replacing them here and there. I had some
good quality glass capacitors that I used and I have ordered more "orange drops" (100 volt types in various values) to
replace others while re-capping old radios. It was just the .022 uf caps that had the cracking problem. The other
"tropical fish"capacitors of other values looked fine and I left them alone.
|I was going to run some tests on these faulty capacitors but
desoldering them from the circuit board ruined them. Quite a few of
these in the 509 I was working on had cracks forming along one
|I do have one modern radio..an IC-718! Here I am
installing the ICOM CW filter. Went pretty well. As for
component level repairs to these radios (a) I dont have
modern surface mount components b) I wouldnt tackle
any one elses but mine..in case I slipped with the
|HERE I work on an FT101E for someone else. AADE display
being installed and some general maintenance. NOTE: I had some
problems w/AADE display and the FT101. It is a challenge! - The
FT301 AADE installation went far easier. I could not get this AADE
display to work in the FT101E..sent it back to AADE for testing!!!
|The trick of getting the spring tension off the dial shaft with the
Argonauts 505-515..I use a piece of fishing line..it works! The Ten Tec
manuals for these radios shows how to make a special tool for getting
the tension off the dial skirt spring..but I have been using fishing line
with good sucess.
|Testing E.S.R. of electrolytic capacitors with my little
tester. Seems to work good!
|Above and below pictured: I do buy and collect old parts as well. Sometimes they come in boxes I buy at ham radio flea markets. If you are a hobbyist
and need some old part for an old microprocessor project or old RTL chip or DTL chip (people have written me for these the odd time)..what I do..is
I sell you the part (for much lower than ebay prices...TRY IT ON THE GENTLEMANS AGREEMENT. Try it in your project or circuit. IF it works great! IF it
doesnt work..I will give you a refund. Thats about all I can do with these older computer type parts. MY HONOUR SYSTEM for older chips like these!
You won't get that from the ebay sellers!!!
|Please drop by again! To email me
..use this email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org LINK HERE
|I work from home..24/7 and casual
sort of schedule..semi retired!
|I always answer my emails..usually quite
promptly..but come warmer weather..I go
fishing and do outdoorsy kinds of things..but I
will be sure to write you back!! -- Check out
the Herman Munster ham radio clip on
youtube and some other ham radio clips as
well! -- If you are interested in the hobby and
want more information.. just write me
|Okay, Earl. Got it. You are one brave son-of-gun putting in that readout.
(one of my followers and he writes me from time to time)-- YES..it takes
a bit of work alright! -- I sent the circuit board bk to AADE for testing. My
AADE in the FT301 was as easy as falling off a log compared to this
one! I WILL be pubishing the rest of the FT101E/AADE digital dial
saga..when I get back to it later spring 2013.
|With the AADE displays..they are often mounted in the spot
where the old digital display was mounted (as in FT301) or
where the old numbered dial skirt was physically located.
Takes a bit of rework of the plastic front panel bezel. Another
option..mount it in a small enclosure on top of the rig.
|This is my biggest fish yet! A 20 pound Northern Pike. I caught this
one within minutes of the city of Elliot Lake. Iam in the process of
starting up a fishing and general interest web site called:
www.earlandrews.info (just getting it up and running)
|June 29-1963 (a 10 year old Earl
caught his first Pike..Clayton/Taylor
Lake near Ottawa.
|The TLC274N are used in a popular active filter called the HI PER MITE.
I damaged one of my chips and I bought some extras to sell for my inventory. The
parts I buy and stock are heavily oriented towards ham radio projects and fixing ham
radio/solid state communications equipment that uses older technology like
discrete components and basic ICs.
|Totally one man shop! Mostly..I fix my own
stuff I buy..BUT..I try and help out others as
well.. this is especially TRUE for newer hams
just starting out ..who need advice on a rig
or a repair. You can write me for advice and
if I do a repair..only $10/hr bench rate!
|Small Parts (like below: ICs, transistors, diodes,
resistors, capacitors, miscellaneous as well.. I'm
here when you don't want to make up a BIG
ORDER. - I also do small repairs - $10hr. MAIL
ORDER and I go to some ham flea marktes too!
|By GENTLEMANS AGREEMENT and on the
honour system. I guarantee my parts I
sell. only one refund and one problem in
the about 500 or so transactions Ive
done since 2005!!
|Some old and OBSOLETE parts from the 1970s and 80s
ect.. you can buy them from AFTERMARKET
DISTRIBUTORS ..but they charge alot. IF you buy some of
these old parts from me..I GIVE YOU A MONEY BACK
GUARANTEE. try them and if they dont work in your
circuit..I will refund you 100 percent! I sell these untested
parts much less than ebay or the after market guys.
|sold at the
flea market !
|Check out YOU TUBE..for many ham radio videos.
There are thousands of them! Also..Herman Munster
videos of his ham radio exploits on his popular show!