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Re: RE: Symek IFD & the FT-847



There is less component level repair these days but not because of a lack of
skill, necessarily. The quest for profitability is getting much greater than
it used to be, stock holders demand it. It isn't reasonable to have your
high paid tech waste his time 'shooting down to the component level when
this would be more expensive than a new board. Repair depots are where the
boards are shot to the component level these days. And those guys sometimes
get starvation wages so that a profit can be made .....

Welcome to the New World......

This is why we dabble in satellite, packet, SSTV or whatever currently
floats your boat. It gives us that personal satisfaction that the job
doesn't always provide. I didn't say it was cheap, however.....

----- Original Message -----
From: Edward R. Cole <al7eb@ptialaska.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 3:32 PM
Subject: Fwd: RE: [amsat-bb] Symek IFD & the FT-847


> >From: "Howard Long" <howard@howardlong.com>
> >Hi Ulf
> >
> >> Modern equipment (see the mobile phones as an extreme) is built
> >> to unpack and use it 'as it is'. Not to open and solder wires
> >> here and do any modifications ...  :-(
> >
> >You got that right!
> >
> >I was beginning to wonder if it was just because I'm getting old, finding
it
> >more and more difficult to do these sorts of modifications.
> >
> >73 Howard G6LVB
>
> Does this give some appreciation for what we "component level" repair
> technicians* go through every day while trying to make a dollar [pound,
> etc]?  I am fortunate to be near sighted and do not need eye-glasses to do
> this work, though I sometimes cheat and use a magnifier.  Stopped drinking
> coffee at work years ago ;-)
>
> Ed
> * Apparently component level repair is a dying art...everything now is
> going to throw-away boards [or throw-away radios]!  The new technicians
are
> lost without a troubleshooting tree to tell them what to yank out ;-)
>
> Anti-static wrisp straps are the latest in "nerd" jewlery.
>
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