The "FULL SERVICE" Option
Includes The Following
Fully disassembled, knobs, front panel, PTO, all tubes and
shields and any other metal parts that are easily removed.
Bare chassis is cleaned using brush and high pressure air hose,
then cleaned with a degreasing wash, tube sockets degreased and cleaned.
The PTO is removed, disassembled, cleaned with degreasing
solution, old bearing grease removed, threaded rod tuning shaft
cleaned, new bearing grease installed, threaded tuning rod
lubricated with white lithium grease. All the tuning gears
are cleaned and lubricated, clear plastic frequency disks are
cleaned, and all gear tensioning levers lubricated and adjusted
to the proper tension. PTO is completely reassembled and
All the tubes are cleaned, tube pins cleaned removing all grease
and corrosion and wire brushed. Tube pins are the
straightened to ensure a solid fit to the socket and then tubes
are checked for proper operation. Bad tubes are replaced
All controls and switches are cleaned and lubricated, band
switch is cleaned with DeOxit and then a lubricating contact
cleaned, then checked for proper rotor to stator contact
connections and adjusted as needed to ensure a solid contact on
Front panel is washed, then dried and buffed
All front panel knobs and washed, white line indicator
repainted, and the buff polished.
Radio case is washed, minor paint touchup work is performed and
then buffed polished.
If the radio has a relay, all the contacts are cleaned, checked
for proper contact tension and readjusted as needed.
Radio is completely reassembled, powered up, checked to verify
all stages are performing correctly, all problems are repaired
and any needed minor repair work is performed.
Radio receives new panel lamps, blue tint filters are replaced
with new filters of the right blue shading to match the original
blue tint behind both the meters and VFO window. The VFO
white background is also replaced with new bright white
Once the radio is fully operational, the radio receives a
complete alignment and completely tested to verify the radio
meets or exceeds the original Drake specifications.
After all work is completed the radio is put back in the case,
on-air tested and then put through a burn-in test for 2 hours,
then retested again to verify the radio is still performing to
Noted Exceptions: Please remember I
cannot work miracles, if the case is all beat up or rusted,
minor paint touchup is pointless, if the chassis is all rusted
and corroded, the damage is done and not much can be done to make
it better, if the front panel is damaged or paint challenged it
can not be repaired but can be replaced if one is available.
Also, radios requiring major repair work will be repaired for an
extra labor charge and the normal $40.00 per hour.
Important Repair Work and
Detailed Estimates: Once I have
your radio on the bench, for evaluation I can provide a
more exact estimate cost of repair before I begin any
repair work. In most cases the estimate I provide
is very close to the final repair cost, return shipping
cost not included in the estimate. If after
a details bench check is performed for the estimate, and
you then decide to not have it repaired, the labor
charge is $40.00 for the estimate. If
the radio is subsequently repaired, there is no charge
for the estimate or the bench time to perform the
Return Shipping: Return shipping
cost is determined but the actual size of the box and
the box weight. If you ship in an undersized box
or the box you used is damaged, I will repack in a new
box and add a small amount for the box and needed
packing material to the invoice. I only use UPS
Miracles: If your
radio looks like a rust bucket, chassis bent like a
pretzel, front panel destroyed, radio case reshaped like
a triangle, and so forth, I will not work on the
radio, BECAUSE, I can not perform miracles.
Radio's I Don't Repair:
I do not repair the solid state microprocessor based short wave
radios like the SPR-4, or any of the newest
microprocessor based radios like the R8(A or B),
SW8 or similar based radios. Also if your Drake radio has been
significantly chassis damaged and rusted because of mice
droppings and moisture damage, I will not repair those
radios because of the moisture damage and rust is down
inside the switches and components and not worth fixing
and in many cases will never work right again.
also do not work on the older Drake radios such as the
2A and 2B receivers, the TR3 and very early TR4
transceivers which has the soup can style IF Filters, it
looks like a soldered tin can around the Sideband
selector. I do not work on any Drake radio that
has been modified from the original wiring, including
the Sherwood Modifications which must go back to
Sherwood for servicing.
Non Repairable Policy: Radios
that have significant, or, non-standard, or,
undocumented modifications, and/or attempted repairs
made by non-technical or non-qualified technician
causing undo circuit or physical damage, resurrecting or
rebuilding radios from a box of parts, and any radio
where the cost significantly exceed the value of the
radio. I reserve the right to not repair said
radio, and return to the owner at their expense and paid
before shipping back to the owner.
Non Payment Policy: Once
invoiced, if payment is not received within 90 days of
the completed invoice date, I reserve the right to sell
said equipment as payment for the outstanding invoice
Equipment Estimates Policy:
Estimate fees resulting in non-repair of equipment, a
$40.00 fee is charged. There is no charge for estimates
if the repair work is performed.
Return Shipping Policy:
All return shipping cost is the responsibility of the
equipment owner and is included in the final repair
cost. Does not apply to local pick-up. Equipment
received for repair but not repaired due to cost or
cancellation by owner, the return shipping cost is at
the owner’s expense and paid before equipment is shipped.