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Another unannounced one from ranger

86lidewell

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Defects I have found so far:
  1. Stock SRA-198 microphone attenuates modulation significantly
  2. out-of-the-box SSB power far below 12w
  3. 3mm external speaker connector does not return to open after 3mm speaker connection is removed. No audio until connector is then re-inserted part way, then removed.
 

Eldorado828

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Defects I have found so far:
  1. Stock SRA-198 microphone attenuates modulation significantly
  2. out-of-the-box SSB power far below 12w
  3. 3mm external speaker connector does not return to open after 3mm speaker connection is removed. No audio until connector is then re-inserted part way, then removed.
I've had a couple ranger made radios with the speaker jack issue you describe. You can clean those contacts and find flux being the issue. The sra-198 is known for that, you have to almost eat the mic when talking into it. For that reason I prefer either the 636L or Telex rk56 over the 198. I think you'll find the bad factory tune to be another commonality among the rangers.

A little work and they're great talkers in my own opinion, have used many ranger made radios for years. Unfortunately that's just what we get anymore.
 

Eldorado828

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86lidewell

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not exactly. I had to remove the side screws from the face plate first to allow the face plate to swivel up and then down when prying outward on the knobs, otherwise there was no clearance like there is on the galaxy radios to get a purchase on them.

the rubber jar opener is a great idea too. I used something like that technique after I had a put a knob back and forgot the nylon washer. :)
 

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  • @ ButtFuzz:
    on the connector with the green wire, if you short that to a nearby black wire, the power supply will turn on. (for use as a bench supply or whatever)
  • @ ButtFuzz:
    And IIRC, the purple wire is -12VDC, but that is from memory and it does not serve.
  • @ ButtFuzz:
    So if you need, say, 7v, connect + to the Yellow wire and - to the Red wire.
  • @ ButtFuzz:
    or or you need 9v connect + to the yellow wire and - to the orange wire. note: not all PSU's have the orange wire nowadays, as many manufactures had the voltage regulation on the motherboard, and all the power supply gives is 12 vdc
  • @ BJ radionut:
    Thanks ROB will check it out!~!! got to clean the work bench a little make room for that big case :)