Stuff in the PD0AC pipeline

I expect 2014 to be a good and busy year for radio reviews. Below a list of things to come.

  1. Baofeng GT-3. I should have had the review sample more than a week ago, but SainSonic isn’t very honest when it comes to promised shipping times. The radio’s location is Rotterdam, about one hour drive from here. When I ask about the reasons for the delay, the seller mentions shipping times of 20-40 days. Say what? Even worse, SainSonic (Sainstore / Nextbigthink on eBay) flagged the radio as being shipped, while in reality it’s not. According to PostNL the shipment is ‘being prepared by sender’ for almost a week now.
  2. Zastone ZT-2R. Interestingly, Zastone doesn’t list their own creation anymore. What is going on here? Sued by Yaesu? The radio is still available elsewhere, but shipping hit a snag here also. The first AliExpress seller I approached advertised the radio, but didn’t have even one in stock. He got caught by the AliExpress safety net almost instantly, and my money was promptly refunded — without me even having to ask for it. Eat that, eBay & PayPal! The second seller was lighting fast; radio is on its way.
  3. The VGC VGC VR-6600P. This will take some more time and can’t be rushed. I expect a lot from this radio.

Spare components? China.

This blog post won’t capture your attention unless you build or repair a lot. Why China? Most shops I bought my components in the past don’t exist anymore. I’d rather buy locally, but that’s becoming harder and harder, and relatively expensive.

Since a few years I have all my spare components shipped from China, sometimes for less money than a local dealer charges for shipping. Just ordered this to get my stock up-to-date again:


2400 ceramic capacitors, click image for seller

A box full of the most common values (2400 pcs) for just 21 Euros. The nice box is included, and so is shipping. I do this a lot lately; I think all the repairs I did for others last year (dead transceivers, switching PSUs, and everything else) were done with components bought from eBay.

I’ll have to check on my electrolytic capacitors too, these go fast as well. 500 pieces will set me back 14 euros.


500 pieces, 20 common values, 14 euros