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Review of “Amateur Radio Service/ARS”

Posted by on April 29, 2012

Review of “Amateur Radio Service/ARS”

I had occasion over the past few years to send a rig or two out for service…  I purchased an AL-82, which had an eaten up bandswitch.  After looking at what it entailed to change out the bandswitch, I elected to send it out for service.  Based on the weight of the AL-82, I wanted someone I could drop the amp off with, as opposed to shipping a 72 pound monster…

Amateur Radio Service repair shop

Amateur Radio Service repair shop

Looking around I found Amateur Radio Service, (ARS), a shop run out of a fellow hams home in the Portland Oregon area.  Being only 100 miles away, it became a candidate for  possible use as a service center for the AL-82.  I called Bud, and we chatted a bit…  He seemed a good sort, so I packed up the amp and drove to his shop.  The shop is not a workbench off of the operating position of his shack.  It is a full shop, not even connected to his home.  In short, it is a real business!  He looked at the amp, and said he would be able to replace the bandswitch.  In about 3 weeks, I got a call from Bud indicating that the amp was finished, and ready for pickup.  He apologized for the delay, but it took a week or so to get the replacement bandswitch from Ameritron.  Fast service!  I brought the amp home, and it has worked fine ever since…  This was about two years ago…

About a year ago, I purchased an Inrad roofing filter for my Icom 756 PRO III, with the intent of installing it…  After looking at the process, I decided to take it to ARS for install, I now need glasses to work on anything, and the size of the 756 PRO III PC boards is all that I can take anymore…  About two weeks later, I got a call from Bud, all finished…  The rig has performed flawlessly…

Of late my FT-900 lost a PLL…  Bud had a booth at the local ham fair, and convinced me he could fix it for a price that would not make me want to just parts the rig out, so I removed it from the car, and handed it to him.  A few months later I got it back, working.  As this was my mobile rig, I told Bud that I did not need it back ASAP, so he did not push the repair time.  So far so good, the rig seems to be working just fine…  I also expect it will continue to work, based on ARS’s past performance.

So this is three out of three successes, I will be taking any rig issue I have to ARS for repair in the future…  I looked at his work in the 756, and it looks good to me…  Clean, all wires dressed down neatly, etc.  Same for the AL-82.

His rates are good, he does not charge an arm and a leg for service, and what I got was a quality service job, for a reasonable price.  I am very happy with his level of service, and his rates.  ARS does not have a web site that I can locate, so the addition of a link is out of the question…  If interested, he can be contacted at (503) 554 8831 or email budgarside@juno.com.

 

03/03/13:

I had occasion to use ARS again, my AL-82 ate the band-switch again…  Again, time-frame met, and problem was corrected…  Prices are reasonable, and Bud is a hoot to deal with!  Bud shows up at Rickreall with a lot of pretty good prices on used gear as well…

06/04/13:

The FT-900 is still running fine…

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