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Offline Smurf Hunter

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Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:18:47 AM »
This past weekend my trusty little Yaesu FT-450 went Tango Uniform.  Yaesu support believes the CPU failed. Not much a modern ham can do about that, so it's shipped off for service.

To occupy myself, I've started tinkering with VHF packet more. I recently got a free AEA pk-232 TNC.  I've got that beast all configured and sent a few winlink packet emails.  I might even play around with a packet BBS or other functions.  Or lightning fast 9600 baud!?

Oddly enough, the day the radio failed, I had just finished configuring a linux based Raspi as a ham shack PC.  I had 3 sound cards working, had FT-8 with rig control and the whole 9 yards.
I was definitely getting my $35 worth of that little embedded PC.

My gear may fail, but my experience and skill remains. Worst case my region's biggest ham swap meet is less than a month off.

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 01:24:53 PM »
Sorry to hear that,.. Yaesu has been solid for the shack here, and nearly all gear is Yaesu.. My Elmer gifted me a Jetstream, and loaned me an Icon 706 -

I to have been working on some digital...  I'm working on getting APRS established in my county of operation, and on a raspberry pi no less...  I just got  the Pi Zero, and will look to get a TNC-Pi in the future also.

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 04:28:21 PM »
Sorry to hear that,.. Yaesu has been solid for the shack here, and nearly all gear is Yaesu.. My Elmer gifted me a Jetstream, and loaned me an Icon 706 -

I to have been working on some digital...  I'm working on getting APRS established in my county of operation, and on a raspberry pi no less...  I just got  the Pi Zero, and will look to get a TNC-Pi in the future also.

I have a couple mobile radios and an HT all by Yaesu.  I'm not hating on them at all.
That said, check back with me after I get the service invoice.  :)

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 04:34:23 PM »
  I have a great ICOM IC737 that I can loan you ,if you need one. ::)

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 10:45:11 PM »
  I have a great ICOM IC737 that I can loan you ,if you need one. ::)

There is something to be said for a radio with a big smooth VFO knob.  Sit back in your desk chair with a cup of coffee, and very slowly scan the band.
But for real day to day operating the FT-450 is a champ.

Some day I'd like another "big"  radio, maybe with a band scope.  But also a little radio has appeal on the other end of the spectrum (no pun intended, but you are free to laugh).

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 02:55:03 PM »
In case someone in the future has this problem...

Yaesu opted to replace the entire PCB. I believe the root cause was a failed CPU, but it's not in a socket like a PC, so they replace the whole board.
Total parts were just over $160, labor 1 hour @ $70.  So about $250 for the repair including shipping.


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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2018, 03:48:12 PM »
  I paid more then that just to get the battery pack replaced on my Acorn lift chair.

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2018, 03:53:22 PM »
 That little rig ought to be sassy and sparkle now.

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2018, 05:29:23 PM »
Congrats Smurf.  Let us know when you're back up and operating.

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Re: Comms are temporarily down at Smurf's shack
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2018, 11:14:03 PM »
Congrats Smurf.  Let us know when you're back up and operating.

Thanks
shipping ETA is mid next week.