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Texas Star DX-250 repair

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by Greg T, Jun 23, 2021.

  1. Greg T

    Greg T 945 (Jazz Singer) Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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    Is there a reputable repair shop that works on these that won't take a year and/or cost me my wife? I have one that is old (maybe 30 years) and the damn radio kicked a 16 watt carrier into side band and smoked it. Got the radio fixed, but now looking for someone to repair the amp. Actually, it's not mine, but my buddy is internet incapable. I have no idea who to ship it to.



    tia
     

  2. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    Wasn't there a guy named Steve in Texas who did this?

    Or maybe not. Found his YouTube channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TexasStarRepair/featured


    Two videos. Both from 11 years ago.

    Not a good sign.

    73
     
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  3. Greg T

    Greg T 945 (Jazz Singer) Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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    Thanx for the response. I did ask the guy at First Class Radio (he's doing a Ranger for my friend) and he says they work on them. But, he's had the Ranger for almost 3 months. I guess the radio is done now.
     
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    Low_Boy Sr. Member

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    What ever happened to that guy Mike? Texas Star Repair. He really knew his stuff. He used to have a nice web site also and it has been gone for a while. Someone said he went back to Texas Star. That may only be a rumor.
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    I think there is a thread about him, I think I remember that someone talked to him fairly recently. I don't remember if it was a Texas Star thread, or at the end of a different thread. I guess I'm not much help.
     
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  6. Tokin

    Tokin The Man With No Shoes

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    Good luck finding anyone who takes mail in and isnt up to their eyeballs in work. Of course you have to be located in one of the most remote regions of the lower 48 so chances of finding a local screwdriver is pretty low.
    My suggestion is your friend needs to buy/borrow another amp to use while he sends this one out to be fixed. If he popped pills and they're toshibas hes bummin as the 2290's are being priced up to $100 used and $200 new like the 2879's. Repairs arent going to be cheap plus figure in shipping both ways at $25 a ride.
    Id call a few amp builders and see what their schedules are like and you might get lucky with a yooper sob story. I know can be rough when you live in the middle of nowhere. Id try this guy first. If he cant he may lead you to who can. https://youtube.com/c/3made1
     
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  7. 144inBama

    144inBama Sr. Member

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    It's possible for you to repair the amp yourself with help from the guys here if you can solder parts without covering everything beside the intended component. It will be a lot cheaper and quicker too.
     
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  8. Ranch55

    Ranch55 Sr. Member

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    Yep, easy to repair. Maybe not cheap depending on the transistors used.
     
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  9. Tokin

    Tokin The Man With No Shoes

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    Can be easy to repair if you have the tools, supplies, equipment and some skill. The Upper Peninsula can be pretty remote and may be hard to get the stuff needed if you dont already have it.
    Some clear detailed pics of the inside would help to see what damage was done and what you may need to get started. As Ranch55 said it may be an easy fix and hopefully the pills are good.
     
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    About a year ago his bench fee was $100 plus parts...and then pile shipping costs both ways on top of that. Don't know what it is now. Might be cheaper to find another amp!
     
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  11. Greg T

    Greg T 945 (Jazz Singer) Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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    Well, that's the thing, the transistors are SRF 2072 and I'm guessing from late 70s to 80s. I could actually change them, myself, I've done quite a bit of soldering and such, just not a diagnostician. I've scrutinized the inside and can nothing that was overheated, no discoloration of anything. The radio was throwing a 15 watt carrier on SSB so my guess is the outputs are toast. He has the opportunity to buy another DX-250 from a guy, but we're trying to see if he'll let us test it first. He can get it for $150.00. More than likely cheaper than two transistors. I'll just have to do the power wire upgrade on it if he gets it.

    Thanks for all responses, folks! Much appreciated.
     
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  12. Tokin

    Tokin The Man With No Shoes

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    $80/pill at rf parts
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    Greg T 945 (Jazz Singer) Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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    Yeah, I saw those. I was thinking I MIGHT offer to buy his old amp and try to replace them. Still, depending on how much he wants for it, it may not be cost effective.
     
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  14. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    If you do put new transistors in it, don't apply any power before you have checked R8 for a proper resistance reading. It tends to blow out when transistors fail. When it does, the bias current on the RF transistors goes through the roof. Can blow out a new pair of RF transistors before you key it more than a few seconds.

    http://www.cbtricks.com/Amp/txstar/dx250_dx350/graphics/ts_dx250_dx350_sch.pdf

    You'll never guess how I learned about that pitfall.

    73
     
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    144inBama Sr. Member

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    As long as I've been messing with electronics, I still don't grasp how, in this case, 1.8 ohms can be the difference between success and failure.....I mean, that's the resistance in a set of crappy meter leads.
     
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