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Old 07-07-2004, 07:42 AM   #1
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I recently broke off a switch on my Futaba fp 7uap and was wondering where I could get it repaired in the least amount of time? Any brilliant ideas?
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:46 AM   #2
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If you're in that much of a hurry, you have rudimentary soldering skills, and the radio is out of warranty, why not source the part locally and replace it yourself? Replacing a switch is not rocket science.
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:57 AM   #3
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Or if you aren't comfortable, again under the same conditions, ask someone at your LHS if they can replace it for you. Most of the LHS's have been soldering for years and should be able to do a good job for you.

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Old 07-08-2004, 01:21 PM   #4
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It's not hard to do ... but

Jim's right ... replacing a switch is not a tough thing to do if you can solder.

The problem is that Futaba uses a non-standard, possibly proprietary switch for their radios. On the 7 series and the 8U, Futaba had a dastardly switch layout that put the pins down one side of the housing rather than down the middle, where most switch makers put them. That means you can get a generic switch that'll fit the hole in the case OR the holes in the circuit board, but not both. You can jury rig things with wire jumpers, but many folks don't like that as it adds more solder joints into the scheme of things.

So you're pretty much stuck with the Futaba switch .... Great Hobbies had one for my 8U at under $20, which is outrageous for a single-pole double-throw switch (shoud be under $5); but it fits the radio and it restores it to stock condition.

Pick yer poison, I guess.

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I don't know about Ideal Hobbies in Barrie but I do know Flitecraft in Kitchener replaces switches. I had one on my Fut. 8U replaced by them this spring....$8.95 for switch and $15.00 labour.(they also cleaned and checked out the transmitter included in price).Total came to $23.95.....
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