I have a Kenwood TS-430S complete with matching power supply, auto-tuner, and speaker sitting here in my shack which I am considering buying as a backup second rig. It belongs to a friend of mine who has not been on the air in years because of loss of hearing. The rig has been stored in a good environment for 16 years and not on the air at all during that time. He purchased it new in early 1983. There is noise #out of the audio but its only picking up signals once in a while and then they are weak. Most of the time just noise. I have tried it with the tuner in line and out and the problem is not in the tuner. It was working fine when he quit. I expect the long rest for the rig is the culprit. On transmit I can measure RF. Relays seem to be in sealed modules or are there some or a major one that is not? Are there likely causes of the problem or it anyone's guess? I can buy the rig VERY reasonably. I need some advice on somethings I can easily check. I have no test equipment except a good VOM. I know what one is worth in good working order so the purchase call is ultimately up to me.
Thanks for any advice or info.
73, Russ W8ATA
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