Resurrecting the TS-940 with the help of James M1APC

Having enjoyed using the IC-740 over the last few weeks and making some fun HF QSOs, there was another of my old HF rigs that I wanted to get going again. My old TS-940, bought second-hand from Jan G0IVZ, perhaps 20 or more years ago, maybe more had been sat up in the loft since we moved to Oxfordshire 10 years ago. I’d got it down some months ago and had been disappointed to find that only half a display lit up and it wasn’t well at all.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a post from my friend Matt 2E0MDJ on Facebook saying that he was having a repair done by James M1APC. James is based in Cornwall and is well worth following on Facebook (search for ‘The Shack’) and he posts pictures of many of the rigs that he has in for repair – which is fascinating to see.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I emailled James to see if he would be willing to look at my TS-940. The answer was yes, so last week, I shipped the rig down to James to have a look at. I was delighted to see, on Facebook, last night a picture of my TS-940 lights bright and working again! James also sent me a video of the rig running on 10m – it sounds great.

James has the rig on soak test but tells me that he hopes to have the rig back with me very shortly. I’m really looking forward to it!

My plan is to have it on the bench, alongside the IC-740 and the FT-847, for a little CW, SSB and AM on the HF bands. Assuming it works well, and I am sure it will, that will probably free up the FT1000MP to go elsewhere.

If you want to find James M1APC on the web – he has a site here with some contact details.

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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