A Scratch Built Kenwood TL-922
It's not the first time I've scratch built a TL-922 from a collection of original parts acquired over time but this is the first time I've documented the process. The TL-922 was a well designed and mechanically sound H.F. Linear Amplifier built for the Amateur Bands in the 1980's. It's mechanical construction is equal to or better than any others I have seen offered for sale in that era. The circuitry is very basic and mostly reliable given the thousands of units that would have been manufactured over the years of production. There was no emphasis given to protection circuitry other than the basics. Also of note is that there were really no changes to the circuitry, if any at all that, I am aware of from the first to last production units. This says something about the quality of the original design!
I bought my first used and broken TL-922 in 1998 and over the last 20 years or so repaired and/or updated many more of these amplifiers for Australian hams that have acquired them on the 2nd hand market in VK. I have also rebuilt at least four of these TL-922 amplifiers from parts acquired on eBay USA and other used parts sites here and overseas. It has not been the cheapest way to go but I have enjoyed the experience and learned somethings along the way.
I'm not an engineer although I am a qualified Radio & Electronics Tradesman with 40 plus years of experience in the commercial Two-Way Radio Industry so I do know a bit about fixing equipment and making gear more reliable.
I currently have three bare TL-922 chassis awaiting a rebuild and will progress these as time permits.
Page last updated 13 April 2018
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