I’ll second everything Kevin Said.
Nothing wrong with the Ecresso TX, except if you need parts and crown doesn’t have them in stock, or has to do research they have to call the guys in france. I had a fuse holder in 1K melt and it took a week to get a new one and then it was wrong (it was for the lower power TX) I had the guy in the field send me pictures of the failed, once he removed it to put in the new one which then didn’t fit, and ordered it from DigiKey (at 1/3 the cost too).
I know you could still get the Crown “Classic” Line of transmitters a year or two ago, not sure if that’s just the 300 and under or they still sell the higher powers too. Never see many used Crowns, Nautels, Or gates air to be honest and there is a reason for that. I know a few ministries that have done OK with the BW transmitters, they’ve worked out some of the kinks in newer revisions.
Best of Luck.
From: Kevin Trueblood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:17 AM
To: CRTech <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [CRTech] need new or used 1000 watts transmitter
Crown is not the same as it once was, as it's now more or less an Ecreso transmitter. I have no opinion on the quality, but it's just something to keep in mind.
I would highly recommend a Nautel or GatesAir. They make great transmitters and offer great support. BW gets mixed reviews but you can't beat the features for the price.
On Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 7:03 AM, WCDG <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Merry Christmas Friends!
We had an unusual ice storm here in north GA mountains and it drained and killed our twice repaired and once replaced PTek 1000 watts (in 4 years).
We are needing a new or used higher quality transmitter. No more PTeks! I would like a Crown 1000 watts (or higher) if possible for Christmas or any time at all!
We are on a 30 watt exciter now for the duration. Very little community assistance and, as you all know, smaller stations are never paid by the big ministries raising $750,000 budgets over our air waves. We have no salaries and no sales, a ministry to be sure for talk and teach radio. So, need your prayers and your advice.
Let's all have a great 2018 and we want to get back on the air!
Laurel Hughes-Massey and Kurt Massey
50 Millie's Place ~Studio A