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    Default Looking for repair shop that can handle old Galaxy V transceiver

    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!

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    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
    Last edited by W9GB; 04-15-2012 at 07:21 PM.
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    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by WA7KKP View Post
    I think the key concept here is 'learning' how to fix it yourself.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W9GB View Post
    Here is my short list, of who you should talk to, BEFORE shipping any WRL/Hy-Gain Galaxy radio.
    Thank you, just what I was looking for. I appreciate it!!

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    It won't be cheap, good luck they are a fun radio.
    When it's time, and it may be sooner than you think.

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