When to Purchase the New Rig

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  1. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    How long should one wait before considering actually purchasing one of the new rigs on the market? In other words, how long does it take before most shortcomings are fixed?

    Also, is there a time period in which the original street price is reduced somewhat?

    Thanks.

    Ralph
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012
  2. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    When you have the money. Is that a good answer ?

    Mel G0GQK
     
  3. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    That might be a suitable answer for someone who plans to save $5 a month until he/she can afford the $5,000 radio.

    Maybe after that time the bugs would have been worked out and the street price reduced somewhat.
     
  4. K5FH

    K5FH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    An old joke in the aircraft world goes, "Never, if you can help it, fly the 'A' model of anything." "A" aircraft (i.e., F111A, F15A, etc.) are the first production run and that's usually when the major faults show up in service. Most are fixed by the time the "B" model (second production run) comes online.

    For a new radio you'll probably be pretty safe if you wait a year after introduction. By that time the infant mortality issues should be mostly identified and fixed and the price will be a little lower. There are no guarantees, however; some faults take years to happen (i.e., the display backlight failures in the IC-746Pro).
     
  5. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do own the 746PRO. Very late model purchased new just as it was being discontinued. Cross my fingers. Haven't had the backlight or driver problem. Really though, most owners have gotten very good service from the rigs.

    As to your other comments, I have always thought it was smart to to at least wait for the "B" model, be it computers or radios, but haven't always followed that instinct. Sometimes you just gotta have it.
     
  6. K5FH

    K5FH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    If yours is a late-production model I think the factory fixed the problem. The problem was the voltage regulator for the backlight. The pass transistor for the regulator is mounted on the main circuit board and the transistor's tab is soldered directly to the board for heat dissipation. When the rig is received from the factory the backlight is set to full brightness which some people found too bright. So they turned it down via the menu setting, usually halfway. Problem is, by doing so the excess power in the backlight power circuit was dumped into this transistor and it which wasn't up to the task of dissipating the amount of heat involved. Result: fried transistor, and dark display.

    The fix was twofold: replace the transistor with a heftier one, and keep the display at 100% brightness.

    I heard somewhere that the new IC-7410, the replacement for the 746Pro, has this fix built into its backlight regulator so it shouldn't be a problem.
     
  7. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I did read that tip and do keep it at 100%.
     
  8. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope you can save more than that. Otherwise it will take you roughly 83 years!!:p

    You can join the Yahoo user group for the rig that interests you and keep up on what is going on with it there.
     
  9. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    After I posted, I had to get my calculator and figure it out, too. Maybe $10 a month would be more like it?

    Joining the appropriate Yahoo groups is something I have thought about doing, but I will need to register with them. Probably will do that.
     
  10. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sounds like you have had some experience with the 746Pro. Did you ever work on one?
     
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