Changed antenna, no change in behaviour, so spent 30 minutes sitting on 145.200 after connecting in an in-line power / SWR meter. Thought this was not working as the new vertical showed negligible SWR. The beam showed 1.4:1 so not bad for a start.
Anyway, the rig puts out 12W FM for some time, then it drops to very low power, estimates at < .5W. Back to receive and it is full again, sometimes for a period of minutes, in fact up to 12 till next failure, but sometimes 20 seconds or so. Initial thought is the relay... Back to Castle.
Seems that this cheap rig circa 1980 is going to cost me more than a new modern one.
Thanks Nottingham Amateur, you dodged a bullet which got me right in the bank account.
At what point do I cut my losses?
NOT A HAPPY HAM HERE.
April 2011Sent rig to Castle again, both relays repaired and now fully functioning except for the memory. Going to get a new rig and keep this as a spare.