Re: {Collins} (no subject)

My experience is that I have delayed replacing caps and kept my radios original for 20-30 years.  Maybe I have been lucky, but I researched the MIL method and do it right.

I like original.  When I croak, a bunch of guys are going to open 70 year old radios and find them original and say - wow - that is real quality.  Then they can do what they want.  A year ago I reformed and brought to life a 75 year old Collins receiver. All original and never a soldering iron to it after it left Cedar.

Six years ago, I brought up - after careful reforming and checking - a 45 year old transmitter....never repaired ever.. It runs quite nicely thank you and someone after me will have the same experience.

Reforming must be done with patience, slowly and with good educated monitoring and interpretation.  Many ( ? MOST ? ) of the older Collins caps were super high quality. Treated right and stored right they soldier on in most cases for a Long Time!

Just my two cents worth.  If you want to listen to a 75 year old receiver paired with a 50 year old (designed in 1939) transmitter, come on down.


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From: Collins [] On Behalf Of Glen Zook via Collins
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:09 PM
To: jim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; W2HX <w2hx@xxxxxxxx>; 'collins' <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: {Collins} (no subject)

My experiences are that "reforming" a capacitor is only postponing the replacement and for how long, nobody knows.  Most "reformed" capacitors do not last all that long and when they do "give up the ghost" the result is not pretty.  Often, when the capacitor goes bad, it "takes out" a lot more components with it and the chances are that replacing those components is going to be a lot more added expense than replacing the capacitor in the first place.  Basically, pay me a little now or pay met a LOT more later!

Replacement electrolytic capacitors are not expensive when purchased from suppliers such as Mouser.

 Glen, K9STH

      From: Jim Warner via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
 To: W2HX <w2hx@xxxxxxxx>; 'collins' <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
 Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:55 AM
 Subject: Re: {Collins} (no subject)
On 10/25/2017 10:23 PM, W2HX via Collins wrote:
"you bring up the resulting B+ until you see capacitor leakage"

Yes. This is the point where I power down the unit under test, note the capacitor working values and form factor, assess cosmetic impact, then determine whether to replace or repack the original housing with a modern and reliable equivalent.
I've had terrible luck "reforming" capacitors. Win the battle, but inevitably wind up losing the war.

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