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Where to find me?

Some people have called and asked to get my address to drop off  a unit or to ship them to me. Well here is that info-

Skywave Tape Deck Repair
617 McLean Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106

E mail: skywavebe@sbcglobal.net

For those looking to drop off units, I am at the SW corner of O’Hare Airport not far from Route 83 and 1/2 mile  South of Irving Park Road(Rt 19).  I am here most of the time but if you are dropping off it is best to let me know when you plan to arrive.

If you have questions, my Cell phone is 708-334-2260.

Solar Installs in Illinois

Well I think I have had 5 or 6 people present me a plan to put a solar panel system on my roof and all of then failed to say they can provide power when the supplier- Com Ed goes out. Picture a sunny day when the utility takes the power down and you have paid $25,000 to $40,000 to have solar panels put on the roof. Do you think you will have some power in your house? All but one installer say NO. The one that did say yes later called and said they can not provide the Tesla battery that is needed. Makes me want to ask them all why are you even trying to sell this system? I am a BSEE so in electronics they will not be able to trick me. So these grid tie systems are suppose to shut down when the Com Ed power goes out- did they never hear of disconnects? I get the impression that until Elon Musk sets up a Solar system to sell nationally that none of these system will be done right.

There is no reason that these systems that they sell you should not be able to generate power when power goes out in the day. Those that do not are simply not technically qualified to be selling these system. Yes, I talked to their engineers too. At night that all depends on your system and storage method. The Tesla Power wall should be able to provide minimum power during this time that was stored from the solar collection that was done during the day.

As an experiment I hooked up some cracked 6″ cells to make a 3 volt system. I think it went a little higher in full sun and it was lighting a lamp called a PR2 that is typically found in a pen light flashlight. The lamp stayed on even when cloud cover happened cutting off all the sun. You would have to cover the panels to total darkness for them to put out zero output. Now these cells I bought were chipped and missing corners but were the 8 Amp types. I think Solar is a possibility in Illinois if it is done right but Modernize does not have the contractors that really know what they are doing or at least they have not sent them to me as of yet. I guess I will have to wait for the real people to come around to put a Tesla roof on and in about 4 years that might just about be right. I should have a Telsa car by then.

GOOD Part Suppliers

Every once in a while there is a gifted person out there that takes it upon himself to help us Technicians and DIY hobbyist to fix their decks by making available parts that are very hard to find. This Fellow I talk about here is Marian. He has a web site that has many great products and if you are working on a tape deck, you are best advised to at least look around his site to see if he has a part you are looking for. I have purchased from him for the Sony WM-D6C and it is great to get parts that are just what we need.

I highly recommend you go check out this resource of parts- https://fixyouraudio.com/

Looking For Tape Deck Technician !

I have to say that after all these years you would think I could catch up but since 2010 when getting into this repair business full time or more, I have only gotten a larger and larger back log. It is time to add to staff even if I have to train you. Having some Electronics training in the past is a plus but is not absolutely necessary. Some Mechanical skill is also a plus and the ability to lift 80 pound units- not all are that size but some are.

I am not hiring employees but as I have done with other trainees, the training is done which then allows you to work on your own if you don’t want to work with me. I can tell you as I have with others how to make your own business out of this venture. A space to set up a bench at your location will be needed and then the investment in some equipment and test tapes if you do not have them. We work mostly on Open Reel and Cassette decks here. Occasionally other stuff. The investment can be $1200-$1500. That is not money paid to me but in buying alignment tapes and test equipment like a scope, AC Millivolt meter and a Wow and Flutter meter. Some investment in a parts cabinets and capacitor stock. There is terrific demand for this now and it is growing- I need driven and consistent people to help me in this massive back log I have here. The pay can be from $80 to $100/Hr for those who are at the ready level- the training and learning does not stop but goes on as we see new things. I am still learning after 45 years in this business. Contact me at skywavebe@sbcglobal.net or call me at 708-334-2260 if you want to get started. The best way to train is in person one on one. I am in the Chicago area SW or O’Hare Airport.

Fuse Replacement

I get phone calls from people that tell me they changed a fuse, it burned out again and then as they burn out the third one the deck goes further and further into disrepair. First fuses are not a method of repair- they are a safety device to keep from overloaded circuit to catch fire or to lessen damage.

The guy who blows out three fuses or more is just sending his equipment further and further into higher cost as he is then doing more damage as each fuse burns out. Don’t you see the futility in all this fuse replacing? If a fuse blows out that is an indication that there is a fault and a meter needs to come out and troubleshooting done to correct the problem. Additional fuses is just the sign of a person not knowing what they are doing and I could say more but would offend some people.

What Oil Should I Use On My Machine?

A question I get from many DIY repair people. I don’t hide my findings and advise people to the best products I have found. One of them is this AMS oil product that is outstanding. If you use WD40 or a low grade oil then don’t blame me for bad performance as I have told you what is best. It gives specs better than the new deck specs. .02%wrms JIS was measured on a A2000R the first time I used it and that is a model previous to the A2300S. I now use AMS oil exclusively on my shop benches as it is the best!

https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-product/motor-oil/gasoline/sae-0w-30-signature-series-100-percent-synthetic-motor-oil/?code=AZOQT-EA&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_5rtBRDxARIsAJfxvYB02CiZPKRcvckHIV9BwRghSVqNjUgsoPRZ91Rl1pDOTvVnua4HplEaApGPEALw_wcB

Music Is On The Decline But Here.

There are so many people making what they call is music that is nothing but junk. The current listeners are at a disadvantage as they never had new musicians like Gordon Lightfoot, Gerry Rafferty and many other of the older groups. There are a couple of girls that I came across that most certainly need listening to as they are far better than many of them out there. They are the Mona Lisa Twins.

Pay attention to the quality and detail of their performance.

The Crooks at AT&T

I have a copper twisted pair land line and they not only increased the bill in one month $7.00 which is 17.5% higher but they have no good reason to do so. Not only that the government tacks on all kinds of expensive taxes that I never authorized them to do. When are the people of this nation going to take back control- IF you say we need a revolution and to out ALL these government free loaders , well I am in. This is going too far in all this day of advanced technology the land line should be going cheaper NOT more. They have far too many idiot executives at AT&T and it is far too top heavy for a company to be proficient. Elon Musk where are you with the Musk phone system- we need AT&T to go out of business. Even $30 a month for a copper twisted pair line is all it should cost as they do nothing to maintain it like VOIP lines. If a bill comes to me that I do not like I just do not pay it- what can they do to me I am going to cut their line anyway.

While places like AT&T increase prices and give worse service places like Consumer Cellular increases data plans and keep the price the same. I have been a customer for some years and I have no complaints about CC.

https://www.consumercellular.com/WhyUs/Social/Newsletter/2019/October#3

V900X, 234, and other cam system Joints now 3D printed

I have contracted with a person who can make these parts and they are tested in a 234 that does in fact work. The part is determined to be $6.00 each as there is shipping and pre-order cost involved. If you have a broken joint this one is made to be more robust as parts are thicker by this design. If you have further questions shoot away.

DBX Repair Possible

Well I was contacted some time ago by a person wishing to learn tape deck repair. Well he is doing that and moving right along to a top level Technician.

But there is another aspect of this person which has not been explored- He repairs the dBx units that other guys can’t because as some of you might know all the documents such as service manuals have been burned up. Well you get a guy who is smart enough and that will not stop him. He has already been fixing units sent to him from Greece so he is already pretty well known but I want to be sure that everyone else knows about this. The guy is Gerhard in Florida. Just to make it easy here is his signature-

Vintage Stereo Repair and Restoration
Repairing and restoring analog audio components
Teac, NAD, dbx, Revox, B&O, Pioneer
Gerhard@TheVintageAudio.com
772-713-1506