[AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 6, Issue 45

Mahlon Haunschild mahlonhaunschild at cox.net
Sat Jul 31 16:41:24 EDT 2004


Sounds like you've hit all of the usual suspects.  If you can handle 
large file attachments, I'll scan & send to you the relevant sections 
out of the assembly manual.  You may have the drive pins 180 degrees out 
or something like that.

The VFO bandswitch drive is a pretty crude excuse for a real Geneva 
drive, but it works well and of course is low cost (in keeping with 
Johnson's reputation as the "Chevrolet" of ham radio).  My two Rangers 
and my Valiant all work fine in this area.

By the way, I mis-typed in my first message.  Should have typed "The VFO 
switch has three positions:  160-80, 40 thru 10, and 11."  But I think 
you know that.


Mahlon - K4OQ

Byron Lichtenwalner wrote:

> Hello Mahlon
> Thanks for the check list, but no.  I have checked the things you listed,
> and they are not the problem I am dealing with at this point.
> The cam is well lubricated and the pin passes freely in moving from the
> 160-80 meter position to the 40 and up position.  there is no engagement of
> the pin from the 40-10 meter position to the 11 meter position.  That's why
> I was looking for the "official" set up procedure.
> I don't know about the height of the cam above the chassis and it starting
> position with the vfo switch in the 160-80 meter position.  If I knew that
> was right, I could get the lever with the pins set by trial and error.  Just
> trying to verify the starting position.
> Thanks for the check list.  At least can eliminate some potential problems.
> Byron W3WKR
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mahlon Haunschild" <mahlonhaunschild at cox.net>
> To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 9:41 AM
> Subject: [AMRadio] Re: AMRadio Digest, Vol 6, Issue 45
>>I've some experience at this.  Problems I've seen:
>>-  Dry/congealed lubricant in the VFO bandswitch shaft bushing (ANY
>>friction in the VFO switch will stop the mechanism cold)
>>-  Imperfect machining of the drive cam, making the pins bind up instead
>>of passing through
>>-  Height/depth of the drive cam set wrong
>>-  Drive arm too far away or too close to the drive cam
>>-  Registration off (e.g. VFO set for 11 meters when the rest of the
>>bandswitch isn't).  The VFO switch has three positions:  160, 80 thru
>>10, and 11.
>>-  Broken VFO switch (God forbid)
>>Is your problem any of these?  I have a Ranger assembly manual that
>>contains the complete set-up procedure for this, but lets try to
>>eliminate the obvious first.  Your problem is solvable so long as
>>nothing is broken
>>Mahlon - K4OQ
>>ps:  Have any of you ever seen one of the Johnson assembly manuals?  How
>>anyone ever managed to assemble a Ranger or a Valiant with this
>>information is beyond me.
>>>Message: 1
>>>Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 00:34:25 -0400
>>>From: "Byron Lichtenwalner" <w3wkr at verizon.net>
>>>Subject: [AMRadio] Viking Ranger Bandswitch-VFO linkage
>>>To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
>>>Message-ID: <002e01c476b7$a9b7bc20$6901a8c0 at ann>
>>>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>>Hello Friend
>>>I am in the process of restoring a Ranger I.  The bandswitch does not
> switch to the 11 meter position at the last clockwise click of the
> bandswitch.  Is there a prescribed set-up procedure for this mechanical
> linkage?
>>>Byron, W3WKR
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