CPU Fan in Flex-6500 is down. Anyone please who can send a spare one?

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I've asked already Eric K2CB if he has from his orders, but he sold all.
Since I'm at Cyprus island, it still seems easier to get fan to the radio, rather then radio out to the dealer.
Replacement is not a problem, but need the fan. I put back life to mine by drop of oil, but not for long time unfortunately. If you have spare one - please contact to my 5b4alj@gmail.com email address. 73! Mike 5B4ALJ.
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Scott N8UMW

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It would be great if he would do another bulk order. I only got two and they are already failing. Not going to spend money every six months to a year to send the radio back to Flex.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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If there was a safe way to seperate the heat sink that is on now, we could perchase the new ones from Flex and install them. Flex has replacements for the old ones.
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Scott N8UMW

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Yes, I know care has to be taken. I've already changed two of them myself. They don't last is the real problem. Six to eight months and they squeak and slow down, then the radio keeps shutting down. Of all of us that bought fans when that batch was ordered, I have yet to hear of any flex owner that damaged their radios changing them.
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Scott N8UMW

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I would like to know how many flex users have had fans replaced after they had been fixed with the new inseparable assemblies you speak of? Maybe it's time to trade it in and take the big loss.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Scott in caces were the fans have been replaced it was a matter of changing the fans, not the heat sinks. Are we talking about the same thing? In order to pull off the original heat sinks is not easy. To change out the fans them selves pulling off the heat sinks is not needed. I was refuring to the new replacements Flex has now. You have to change the heat sinks fan combo for the Flex replacements.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Scott, I think the only ones that have the new fan heat sink combo were done at Flex because of the possible precessor damage.

I have never had a fan issue here, but if I do I will take the fan apart and clean it then oil it. Put it back in and see what happens.
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Scott N8UMW

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Yes I've replaced both, heat sink and all.
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Bill NE1B

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My 6300 fans failed while in Warranty and sent in to Flex.  A year later one fan failed again.  Found a source and replaced both here.  Now another year has passed and I suspect another failure.
I bought a 6500 last year hearing they had no fan problems.  So far, in 7x24 operation, no failure.  It appears to have larger fans.
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Bob Craig, K8RC

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Only slightly off topic:

Before I retired from 39 years service as the transmitter supervisor of a local TV station, I was privileged to install a new transmitter. They're expensive and last a really long time so they're only replaced every few decades. The transmitter I installed was only the 4th since the station signed on in 1949.

The new digital transmitter is all solid state and VERY reliable compared to its hollow state predecessors. The only failures in the 24/7 operation from when she went on the air in June, 2009 until I retired in July 2015 were 2 CPU fans! (The same fan failing twice!)

Fortunately, all of the primary functions of that transmitter are hard-wired logic and the computer can be removed and the fan replaced while the transmitter is still on the air.

Please pardon an old guy telling stories. It's what we do.

73,
Bob

P.S. For more "stories" on my broadcast transmitters, visit my website: http://k8rc.com/12/index.html

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Happy to let the community know that fans were kindly sent to me in the response to this post. Therefore, case is closed. 73!

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Bill W2PKY

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If anyone has fans they want to part with, I would be interested in taking them off your hands.
Thanks;
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K2CB Eric Dobrowansky

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I’ve had a number of emails lately. If we can get enough takers, I’ll get another 100 fans.

Maybe if everyone committed to a minimum of 4 each, we could make it happen quickly. If you have interest, contact me directly at K2cb at Comcast dot net. Give me an idea of how many you want. Min of two, preferably four. Hopefully I can get the mfg to honor the same pricing as last time .

I’ll report back as to whether or not we have enough participants to make another group buy work.

Eric
K2CB
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John McCabe - KD8K

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I have 2 fans available from the last batch that I will never use because I traded in my 6500 for a 6600. If anyone would like them, email me at my qrz.com email address. $20.00 for both plus shipping (which is what I believe I paid for them)


Thanks!

John KD8K
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John, I am interested and have sent you an email. 73, Paul