After a short wait of several days I was again rescued by my good friend (Gary KF6U) junk box. I received the IC-735 last week and found no power cord and Gary, after reading this here, offered up one from his bottomless junk box. It has now arrived and as if by magic we have back up radio sounds emanating from this now vintage IC-735. It also has no CW filter but I plan on pressing back into service a long dormant DSP external filter that I have kept since my days with the Omni 6 Opt 3. The radio has good sensitivity and works well off of my single small gel cell ( I only attached one of the two I have here). Ultimately, this radio shall live its remaining life configured as a spare station along with a DSP filter, a Logikeyer, a spare paddle and a set of gel cells charged by a trickle charger. I hope to have enough battery backup to handle a weekend power outage or perhaps Field Day, although, I suspect should I have a weekends outage I will be more concerned with refrigeration and food spoilage than radio. 🙂
Next week I plan on removing the amp from service and tear out its QSK board. The replacement QSK board I received is a model differing substantially from the one in my amp, however, its relays are intact and so I now have a set of spares to work with that I am sure have done service in this application. My vision is poor so this will be slow going.
This weekend is Family Weekend in Aggie land so we will get to see our son. Hopefully he will be able to come home for Easter as well, so a couple of visits within a several week span. Perhaps I will get some photos this weekend and Ill share here.
Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W5PG