I have been trying to find someone in my area that could fix my Cobra 138xlr, however it seems that most people are no longer in that type of work. I did a couple of google searches and the emails I have sent have not been replied to. I guess most of you guys do your own work. Any ideas on someone who would take on some additional radio work? I surly would make the bill payment. Thanks!
We don't solicit shipped in work, but what you will find is a lot of radios looking for a tiny list of folks to fix them.
Wish I had a reliable option to recommend. Bear in mind that "fixing" a 40 year-old radio is a bit like "fixing" a late-70s car. The line between "repair" and "restore" becomes mighty thin after that long.
If your plan is to have a daily driver you can rely on, every one of the many "electrolytic" capacitors in the radio will have to be replaced. That 1978 car will need every gasket, seal, bushing, hose and tire replaced. Rubber lasts only so long. And every one of those electrolytic caps has a tiny rubber plug at one end. It serves to seal in the proper chemistry that makes the capacitor work. Eventually that rubber shrinks, breaks the seal to the aluminum-can housing and the capacitor goes bad. If you hear the phrase "Re-Cap" a radio, this is what they mean. Changing every one of these in the radio.
That one has a plug-in relay that can be hard to find if yours is worn. And a tiny tantalum-type capacitor that goes bad and dead shorts the power supply when you key the mike. That one only goes bad if the AM modulation gets turned up. Wasn't rated for the full non-limited modulator voltage, only the legal 100% audio level.
And that's where that line between repair and restore falls. Replacing a lot of stuff that may not check bad.
Helps to know which parts can't be trusted before they fail.
Everybody doing that kind of work who gets noticed finds himself buried under a 6-month backlog as soon as he gets mentioned on YouTube, FakeBook or what-have-you.