It must be impossible to receive two brand new pieces of equipment, from two dealers, on the same day,
and find the IC-7200, AND the SX-600, both suffering from shorted coaxial outputs. But it happened to me
this past Friday.
On the SX-600 SWR meter, there are two output circuits. One is for 1.8 - 160 MHz, and the other is for
140 - 525 Mhz.
Each output uses two so-239 connectors, one for the xmtr and one for the antenna.
The connectors for the 140 - 525 MHz seem to be just fine.
But the other two (1.8 - 160 MHz) are shorted! With the unit completely unpowered, and straight out of
the box, the pl-259 connectors are shorted between the center holes and the outer threads. Also, the one
connector is shorted to the other connector. Have you ever heard of this happening? Does anybody check their
work anymore, before signing the little inspector sticker? Expense isn't bad enough, this is going to take time
to correct... unless the dealer (well known) just exchanges it for a working unit. But I doubt that will happen.
They have my money and they are on the air. I don't have my money, nor any more where that came from,
and I'm OFF the air. A very unhappy Easter surprise for me.
With your greater experience, does this seem to be a common problem? Can I fix this without nullifying my
warranty? Am I just missing something, here? I'd rather repair it myself, but unless it's a cockroach caught up
in the wiring, I probably won't be able to. I've read about a diode-bridge and other circuitry that isn't very
serviceable, nor cheap to replace.
I don't know if I need a technician, or a psychiatrist, at this point. But I thought I'd check with my ham friends,
first. The best I can do now is sit on top of my chimney and holler out a "CQ". (Hmmm... might work...)