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Old 02-22-2013, 05:12 PM
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I just bought this sweet looking AR-3500. It's the 30 watt version. It is smoking clean! Very clean case, almost brand new looking face, 8 pin mic plug, factory installed SP-1 processor, and scan board for a factory Palm Scanner mic. All MINT! I'd say its a 9 out of 10. Still has the factory sticker on the top cover for warm up info. No bracket, but it has the factory power plug. Verg radio except for 11 meter coverage. When power is removed it resets back to 26.000.0. All buttons work perfect, all knobs work smooth. I don't think the NB/ANL is working and I noticed some fluttering audio at full RF gain with the heavy skip this evening. Have to roll the RF gain back to 12 o'clock position. Then it clears up the receive. I made a contact last night on lsb and he could hear me 20 miles away but said it sounded rough. And I observed a swing around 15 watts. As far as it looks its never been tuned or probably aligned. Diodes and resistors are all in tact. No cutting in this rig!

So, where should I start? This is a fine piece!!! Thanks

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Old 02-23-2013, 05:55 PM
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it's junk. i'll give you a hundred bucks for it
the battery is dead, that's why it resets to 26.0
i'm not home so i can't check, but look for the 3500 manual with the factory updates & make sure they are all corrected. they fix the delay when you unkey the mic in ssb, they correct the 'too much receive gain' issue you describe, and by fixing all the grounds you resolve the 'low swing/rough audio in ssb' i'm guessing you have.
i'm on 4040's watergate somewhere exhibiting the audio issue you have....if i could only find which gate. it was on nov 10, 2011
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:02 PM
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it's junk. i'll give you a hundred bucks for it
the battery is dead, that's why it resets to 26.0
i'm not home so i can't check, but look for the 3500 manual with the factory updates & make sure they are all corrected. they fix the delay when you unkey the mic in ssb, they correct the 'too much receive gain' issue you describe, and by fixing all the grounds you resolve the 'low swing/rough audio in ssb' i'm guessing you have.
i'm on 4040's watergate somewhere exhibiting the audio issue you have....if i could only find which gate. it was on nov 10, 2011
contact with 4040
Thank you so much! That's the best Wes I've heard all day. I actually posted this radio along with an Emperor TS 5010 for trade into a Magnum s9hp but I'm still debating on keeping this radio. It's beautiful!

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Once you Get your AR-3500
Set up Properly..

Few radios work as well.
It has Great Ears as well as a Really good sounding SSB radio.

Even Most of todays HF ham rigs do not out perform it
( i used to have the 100 watt version of the AR-3500 )
Only my IC-7000 had Slightly better ears
(as good as my 706 MKIIG )

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someone must have the answer. to these ar3500 problems

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a gotta ranger 3500 -30 watt version that needs a protection diode .
would bobscb still have any?
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I recently sent two AR3500's 100w models to CB Bobs for a complete tune up and updates. He should have the parts that you are looking for.
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I recently sent two AR3500's 100w models to CB Bobs for a complete tune up and updates. He should have the parts that you are looking for.
I emailed him asking about my radio and never got a response

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