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Looking for repair shop that can handle old Galaxy V transceiver

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by KF5JOO, Apr 15, 2012.

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  1. KF5JOO

    KF5JOO Ham Member

    Would appreciate info on a radio shop that can still address repair issues with a Galaxy V MkII tube type transceiver. (Shipping two-ways with power supply is not an issue.)

    If you have personal experience with such a shop, I'd appreciate a note.

    Thanks!
     
  2. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member

    Allen -

    It comes down to time to troubleshoot and your wilingness to pay the bill ($$)
    Identical to repair/restoration issues with muscle cars or any automobile over 10-15 years old.
    Selecting the right person, who knows this vacuum tube era -- is KEY.

    Amateur Radio dealers use to have large service dept. that did his work.
    eBay and other Internet avenues now permit junk to be sold -- for inflated prices (buyer loses).
    The Best service techs doing this work -- are usually retired and have backlogs --

    GO TO eHam.net Review Section --123 are listed, some with their hourly rates.
    MANY limit their repairs to specific models. PARTS can be an issue if the radio was CB-hacked.
    http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/26

    Here is my short list, of who you should talk to, BEFORE shipping any WRL/Hy-Gain Galaxy radio.

    Burghardt's
    http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/2463

    Jeff Covelli, usually handles Drake -- routinely has backlog.
    http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/4908
     
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  3. WA7KKP

    WA7KKP Ham Member

    I think the key concept here is 'learning' how to fix it yourself. That's how I've done things over the years, including a Galaxy V sitting on my table at home. I would go as far to say that most BA aficionados do their own repairs, as most are simple. It is the restoration . . . when you strip the radio down to its constituent parts, chean the chassis, and re-build it while checking components like resistors and caps for out-of-tolerance values.

    If you are not willing to spend the time to learn how to troubleshoot, I would strongly suggest sticking to the newer gear, most of which still have parts on hand at the factory (distributor) shop. Sell the Galaxy V to someone willing to learn.

    Gary WA7KKP
     
  4. WA7KKP

    WA7KKP Ham Member

    I think the key concept here is 'learning' how to fix it yourself. That's how I've done things over the years, including a Galaxy V sitting on my table at home. I would go as far to say that most BA aficionados do their own repairs, as most are simple. It is the restoration . . . when you strip the radio down to its constituent parts, clean the chassis, and re-build it while checking components like resistors and caps for out-of-tolerance values.

    If you are not willing to spend the time to learn how to troubleshoot, I would strongly suggest sticking to the newer gear, most of which still have parts on hand at the factory (distributor) shop. Sell the Galaxy V to someone willing to learn.

    Gary WA7KKP
     
  5. KF5JOO

    KF5JOO Ham Member

    I know how to fix plenty of things, but I don't have an interest in putting in the hours necessary to learn this area of electronics. This old unit has some sentimental value, and I'd like to keep it operational.
     
  6. KF5JOO

    KF5JOO Ham Member

    Thank you, just what I was looking for. I appreciate it!!
     
  7. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member

    It won't be cheap, good luck they are a fun radio.
     
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