TS940 back on the bench

After its' trip to James M1APC, the TS940 arrived back here on Thursday. I had a slight fright when it arrived back, when it needed a reset on switch on. And indeed, each time you switch on, you have to hold the A=B and power it on, which resets the microprocessor.

It didn't do that when it left James, so I can only assume that it got shaken up somewhere. Anyway, it's simple enough to do that, so no problem. Other than that it is working really well!

I checked the transmitter output and that looks good - even on AM! I was listening to various US stations on 29MHz AM this afternoon and although signals were fading up and down, it sounded very nice. It also sounds good on SSB and I've been listening a little on 7MHz where signals were good.

I haven't tried it on CW. I don't seem to have a working external morse keyer. I was hoping to use my old Morse Machine MM-3, but that seems to have stopped working in the years since I used it last and despite a quick poke and a prod, I couldn't persuade it into life. I'll find a small external keyer somewhere soon, I'm sure. I hope so, as the receive seems quite good on CW. I was listening to W1AW/5 on 21MHz this evening when I didn't really expect the band to be open. Copy seemed a bit better on the 940 than on my IC740 which is currently making my HF CW contacts.

But it's great to have the TS940 back and it does have a very nice feel to it. Thanks James for all your help in getting it going.

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

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