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Old 3rd July 2002, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default Heathkit SW-717

I don't know what I would put this under. (I am totally new to this whole thing) So I put it here...anyway, I have a Heathkit SW-717 Shortwave radio, and the AM works, but the SW part doesn't pick anything up, I have a homemade 6 foot antenna, does anyone have any ideas as to what I should try?! Thanks
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Old 3rd July 2002, 01:25 PM   #2
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Have you got the manual? Heathkit were known for the completeness of their manuals. There should be lots of troubleshooting tips in there. You should be able to pick up something even with the short antenna.
Maybe there's a shortwave radio discussion group similar to this one somewhere...
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Default Heath Manuals

I've never had a problem with a Heath, HP or TEK manual from www.w7fg.com and they are usually about $15.

Here's a link to a guy's SW717 page: http://www.geocities.com/w4jbm/sw717.html
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Have you got the manual? Heathkit were known for the completeness of their manuals. There should be lots of troubleshooting tips in there. You should be able to pick up something even with the short antenna.
Maybe there's a shortwave radio discussion group similar to this one somewhere...
Yes, I do have the manual but I haven't really read it that much, so I'll check that out, thanks.
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I've never had a problem with a Heath, HP or TEK manual from www.w7fg.com and they are usually about $15.

Here's a link to a guy's SW717 page: http://www.geocities.com/w4jbm/sw717.html
Thank you, also.
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Old 3rd July 2002, 06:37 PM   #6
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Hmm, the manual says (troubleshooting part)

'Background noise but no stations'
'A. No antenna connected for bands B, C, and D'
'B. Transistors Q1, Q2 installed incorrectly'
'C. Wires on lugs 1 or 2 of tuning capacitor BG shorted to chassis'

I think A would be the most likely, cause I can get stuff with AM on band A...

Does that make sense to anyone else, or am I way off? Heh...
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Old 3rd July 2002, 07:22 PM   #7
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I just realized something - that guy gave me a CB also, and it doesn't work either....
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hmm, does your manual have a schematic diagram??
if so, if you could scan it, then i could help troubleshoot from here
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Yes, I do believe it does, I will scan it soon and post it.
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