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Re: What would you pay for an 11-yr old solid state FM TX?
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Subject: Re: What would you pay for an 11-yr old solid state FM TX?
From: Mark Croom <markc@newmail.kinshipradio.org>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2018 19:47:33 -0600
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I know I'm late to the party on this, so forgive me if it's useless information at this stage.

I would be concerned about Bext support, if it's a Bext transmitter you're talking about. I have an HS5000 that we bought on the used market a couple of years ago. When I got it wired up and ready to go on the air, it would come up ever so briefly then drop off again with the microprocessor display showing some kind of power supply error.

I went to Bext and they were zero help. Literally NONE. The transmitter was eight years old or so and nobody knew a thing about it. They offered to work on it if I would SHIP it to Cali so they could have it in their shop. That wasn't happening. 

I learned the transmitter was a re-labeled RVR, and went to RVR USA in Florida with my questions. They were willing to be helpful, but really didn't help me either. I got lucky and solved the problem on my own with documentation from the 10kW transmitter in the series, that used the same power supply controller. The information I needed wasn't in the rather unfortunately translated manual for the 5kW series.

I don't have anything bad to say about the RVR guys, they seemed willing to try, but didn't really spend enough time with me for me to feel there was any will to get to the bottom of the issue. The transmitter was obviously out of warranty so I realize there was no money in it for them. It was complicated somewhat by the fact that the guy who really had some technical savvy spoke English as a second language, so conversation in the transmitter room with fans running was difficult at best. 

I will say that since I figured out which various buttons to push to reset the power supply controller, and got the thing on the air, it's been running fine and I have not needed any further support. The transmitter now has maybe eighteen months of service (it was "New Old Stock" when purchased with something like 14 hours on it) and it's been pretty solid. Once in a while when lightning disturbs the power lines the thing will come up with a couple of modules muted because of some perceived error. We do a power-off restart and all is well again.

Nevertheless, my experience with Bext USA was not great in this instance.


On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 6:16 PM KACS Manager Account <manager@kacs.org> wrote:
Thanks for commments.  This is already on air, was in the rack when we built out, and landlord loaned it to us to get on air.  It's been running well, was used on another station before that, and sounds good for our repeater (not translator) station.  

Any thoughts with those circumstances

On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 8:14 AM Ron Huckeby <huckebyrj@gmail.com> wrote:



SCMS has had a really good deal on GatesAir FAX-3’s for under $14k. They have BW Broadcast TX-2500v32 for less that $11.5k. Nicom is less still.


Bext and Armstrong are OK, many times out of the same cloth. I have had several power supply problems with the Bext XL-1000 and XL-300 transmitters I have. They are both almost 20 years old. Bext upgraded the power supplies in both to Meanwell brand and they have run trouble free for a few years since.


If you are purchasing for a main transmitter, I would seriously consider new. Of course, it depends on your engineering department. If you have someone to nursemaid your technical equipment, inexpensive used is OK. If you hire me or Kevin K. to keep you on the air, you don’t save money buying potentially problematic used equipment.


I have recommended, purchased, installed, and maintained dozens of transmitters over the past 25 years, from 10 watts to 35 kW. I have learned my lesson trying to save clients money and had to apologize to clients for poor choices.


Just my two cents worth on a Sunday morning,


Ron Huckeby, CBRE

Broadcast Engineer

Butte, Montana


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From: Cameron Beierle [mailto:manager@kacs.org]
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2018 12:22 PM
To: 'CRTech' <crtech@crtech.org>
Subject: [CRTech] What would you pay for an 11-yr old solid state FM TX?


I am discussing the purchase of a solid-state TX from another broadcaster.


We have talked about an Armstrong 2k and a Bext 2k.


Not sure which is in the rack.


Anyone willing to say what they would pay for either that is 11-years old?





Cameron Beierle

General Manager

KACS-KACW-KBSG Family-Friendly Radio

Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation

SW Washington’s family radio service

2451 NE Kresky, Unit A

Chehalis, WA  98532




Mark W. Croom
Riverfront Communications, LLC
Yankton, SD
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