IC-7800 went belly up! What to do . . . what to do . . . ?????

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  1. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Just after working the ZL9 this weekend I left the shack for a bit, came back and noted absolutely no output from my 7800 when I keyed it. Thinking I had pushed some button or set something wrong, I looked all around, pushed this and that, but nothing going. NO output, though the ALC meter registered just fine. I quickly wondered if the output transistors had fried, turned up the RF output pot to maximum, keyed the rig again and the breaker blew.

    So much for that!!

    So now, what to do?? I obviously plan to fix the rig, but here's the deal. It was a "first run" of the model, which I've had since 2005. Lord knows I've run the rig hard and have gotten WAY more out of it than I planned. It has some other problems . . . . RF in the headphone jack, receive preamp 1 blew out after a nearby lightning strike years ago, no 3rd roofing filter . . . .

    SSSsssssoooooooo . . . . after getting it fixed, I'm thinking of selling it and either -

    1) get a new 7800 with all the modern fixes. Or . . .
    2) looking at another make/model high end rig.

    I *really* like the 2nd receiver, and use that quite a bit. Having to get used to the usual "split" feature of most rigs without being able to listen to both frequencies at once is a pain (yup I know, got spoiled, huh??).

    I will likely send the rig back to Icom America, which is a long ways from Florida. As an aside, anyone know of anyone that does a good job fixing Icoms?? I don't dare fool around in the innards of these high-fluting, modern rigs with their tiny components.

    What to do, what to do???
  2. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kuni W7JV operates as Comtek in Poulsbo, WA and is known as THE place to send broken Icom gear. He used to work for Icom. Folks around here just send it to him.
  3. W5INC

    W5INC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Call Icom up and get a price for new finals installed from them. Once you have this information call up 1 of the ham radio dealers out there and tell them your gently used :eek: 7800 just went South. Tell them what happened and see if they will take your rig in as a trade in for a new 7800 or whatever radio without you having to fix it.

    Most dealers have repair facilities and can fix the radio on premisies. Look at the going prices for used 7800 subtract the repair costs and that should give you a starting point for what your trade in should be worth. Get the best new price for a 7800, subtract the trade in value and you might just get upgraded to a new rig for a good price. You can always fix your rig and get the upgrades done at Icom USA and bite the bullet on shipping, is another option.
  4. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good thing you worked the ZL9 before this happened...
  5. W5INC

    W5INC Ham Member QRZ Page

    From my reckoning, it would be mighty hard to work ZL9 with the rig in question, after this problem happened, N3AWS. :D
  6. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well Kuni does not repair the 7800. None of the Icom repair places other than Washington does, so looks like it's headed West!

    I do have an IC-7410 for backup and it's a pretty nice rig!! I'm moving more towards fixing the 7800, selling it and getting a new one with the extra features I missed out on with the first run.

  7. WH2HAO

    WH2HAO QRZ Moderator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have had to send 2 Icom's back to the factory a total of 5 times in 3 years. It is very frustrating. Makes me wonder.
  8. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    DX-40 and NC-300.

    Take a trip down memory lane.:eek:

    Seriously, you might consider the Elecraft K3/P3 (K3 rig with P3 panadapter display) "system" which includes the K3, the P3, KRX3 (2nd internal receiver -- it's really good); KPA3 (100W internal amplifier stage); KAT3 (automatic antenna tuner, internal); KXV3a (interface, required for the P3 panadapter display); KUSB (USB interface which I think is something the 7800 doesn't offer) and a handful of roofing filters. Much more modern technology, probably all combined costs less than the '7800, and might be really fun to use. If I was changing from a 7800 to something else, that's probably what I'd do.
  9. KB3LAZ

    KB3LAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ive been contemplating the K3 for a long time. The last 7 months I have been without any radios and has got me thinking even more. When I moved to Spain, I liquidated most of my shack. We shall see what I actually end up doing with my radio nest egg when I get home.
  10. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Belly up?

    Just Turn it Over.

    Wonder how many know that joke.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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