[amsat-bb] Re: FT-736 tuning dial problem ? Any ideas ?

Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF nigel at ngunn.net
Sun Feb 1 17:12:05 PST 2009

Probably nothing that can't be fixed by cleaning and lubrication.

Alan Sieg WB5RMG wrote:
> Strangest thing. I've been using my FT-736 since 1989 - trouble free.
> There is a dimmer or noisy connection somewhere in the house that sometimes
> give me fits, splattering all over the 2m band. Well this evening it was
> S9+ and I could barely copy ISS. After the pass I'm spinning up and down
> the band in USB hoping to find a freq with the most noise, and the dial
> starts to drag. Only slightly at first, but over a 5 min period it got
> worse and worse, to where it was actually squeaking some. Then I could
> no longer use the spinner, and it was getting hard to turn. Now I have to
> use several fingers grip, and it squeaks a lot. The freq does change with
> rotation, but now I have stopped messing with, as it is nearly too tight
> to turn !!!    Has my 20 yr power-train warranty just expired ?
> What a difference 10 minutes can make. Tell me this isn't happening !.!
> Surely someone has had experience with the tuning shaft in this rig, and
> can offer some guidance as to what might be going on. I'm gonna remove
> the top and bottom, so as to un-hinge the front, but I doubt I can see
> anything obvious. But I'm gonna look. Suggestions are welcome, except
> the ones like  "It's gone bad - just send it to me - buy a new radio..."
>   Thanks  /;^)
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