If you've accidentally driven too much power through the Elecraft T1 ATU it may stop working. Limited to 20W power handling, one small mistake could render the T1 useless. These units are not cheap, it will cost at least $99 to send it away for repair.
However, if you have soldering skills available, you may be able to fix it yourself. This guide will walk you through a possible repair for this type of scenario.
The symptoms of a damaged T1 due to overpower is as follows (there are other possible causes so do check these first):
Note: Make sure the T1 is not in bypass mode! This catches many people out.
Note: Make sure the T1 battery is not discharged.
There are two diodes that can be damaged due to overpower, these have been highlighted on the schematic to the right of this text. These can be easily located on the PCB as they are blue in colour and are located either side of the inductor at the BNC connector end of the board.
In an overpower situation these two diodes can be damaged. In the cases we have seen, both have blown,
Note: Check these using the diode test function on your multi-meter before removal! Any damage probably won't be visible.
First, you need to order the following components:
This is a special type of diode suitable for RF applications. They are available from most online auction sites. A pack of ten should cost around $3.
Please don't try this repair if you are not confident with the removal and refitting of through-hole components. These diodes are located next to some SMT devices, so some care is needed when replacing these items. Just ask somebody who is skilled with these things if needed.
Note: Make sure the T1 is not in bypass mode after the repair!
That's it! Your T1 should be back up to full working order, quicker and cheaper than sending it away.
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