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.
These are exact fit replacements. They come supplied with the connector pre-attached, and the same heat sink.
However, almost everyone has been opting to simply unscrew the fan from the new fan/heat sink assembly, and simply swap the fan itself onto the pre-existing heat sink.
Most have reported the process to be quite simple. Swapping the heat sink, well that is another story. But for those not wanting to send their radio in, this is a quick, simple, and cost effective way of getting their radio back in service.
Everyone who replied directly is on the list. I apologize for not replying to everyone individually yet. I have a ton of email to catch up on after being out of town for the holiday.
We have met the minimum requirement. I will be sending everyone an email with instructions later this week, once I have confirmation from the manufacturer.
I have received confirmation from the manufacturer that I will be able to obtain another production run. Since they are being sourced from the factory in China, they are estimating a 10-12 week lead time. Once again, the fans will include the same oem connector preinstalled, and will be plug and play. Or should I say, screw and plug and play, if you do not wish to disturb the heatsink on the chips themselves.
Since I am doing this as a favor to the community, I am asking that everyone pre-pay at this time. I need to prepay when I place the order, as it is a special production run and non-returnable. I don't want to bankroll a few thousand dollars worth of fans, only to sit on them! I'm sure you can understand!
The process is simple -
I will accept prepaid orders up until 12/3/18. I will then place the order based on this quantity, rounded to the nearest lot size, as dictated by the manufacturer. The remaining units will be available afterwards on a first-come first-served basis, similar to the last time around. Based on the estimated demand, I expect to have fewer than 20 fans left over.
The manufacturer has raised the price 10% from last year due to the new tariffs imposed on Chinese importations. However, due to the volume of interest, and the amount I will be purchasing this time around, I was able to negotiate with the manufacturer and lower the net increase to 5%. Therefore, the pricing is $21 per fan. US shipping will be a flat rate of $10 per shipment, up to 8 fans. Over 8 fans, shipping will be quoted as necessary. For orders outside the US, please send me your exact shipping address, and I will provide you with an exact shipping cost, for both standard and priority delivery.
Please send your PayPal pre-payment to firstname.lastname@example.org . I will confirm receipt within 24 hours, usually faster, depending on the time of day you send payment. I do work, so please keep that fact in mind.
I will keep everyone updated as to the progress, but please be patient. 10-12 weeks means we will not see the fans until at least the first week of February. Upon arrival from the manufacturer, I will get them out within a day or two.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com .
Thank you for your participation.
I'm still on my original fans ( 6700 and 5+ years ) but got 2 of them when you offered than initially. Thanks again for providing them! I've been lucky so far but glad to have them if/when they are needed.
You are definitely providing a valuable service to those of us with the original 6300, 6500 and 6700 radios. I'm sure it is a lot more effort than it seems and we really appreciate it.
Here are my notes on your fans with pictures, video, error codes and information on the case fans as well. I hope they help answer some questions for others not as familiar with the fan replacement.
Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
6700 & SSDR-W V 2.4.9
A quick and friendly reminder for those who have expressed interest but not yet acted -
I will be finalizing the factory order on Monday 12/3/18, so if you are still interested, please be sure to respond by Monday morning.
To all those that have already responded, thank you for helping to make this group purchase possible! The response so far has been great!
Good Evening, everyone.
The factory order has been finalized, paid for, and scheduled for production as of this evening.
I expect to have approximately 20 additional fans available on a first come first served basis. If you expressed an interest earlier, and still desire to purchase fans, be sure to act soon, so as to not miss out this time around.
As stated earlier, the lead time is estimated to be 10-12 weeks, so the fans are not due in until early February. I will keep everyone updated as to the progress. Upon receipt from the manufacturer, I will get them turned around and out to everyone within a day or two, work schedule permitting.
Once again, thank you to everyone who participated to make this group buy possible.