KX155 Repair

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  1. SoCal 182 Driver

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    Can anyone recommend a shop that is a guru when it comes to fixing the KX155? I have a weird problem with mine, and want to send it to an expert for evaluation and repair.

    Thanks!
     
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    I cant really speak from experience but I have heard good things about Ramona Avionics
     
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    What kind of problem ?
     
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    The KX-155 is the Cessna 172 of radios. Just about any avionics shop can work on them.
     
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    Jeff at Sandhills Avionics in Carthage, nc
     
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    Jeff is honest and very reasonable...good repair shop.
     
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    For gurudom, probably Bevan-Rabell in Wichita.

    For "first crack" at the problem in SoCal, too bad the guy at Cable packed up, he was decent with those. Your challenge will be finding someone to take time away from their ADS-B emergency work. I'd try Affordable at CNO or Vista at WHP or ask who they send out to.
     
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    When the plane and radio are really cold, it breaks squelch. Once the radio warms up after about a half-hour of flying the problem goes away.
     
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    I had one in the Tiger that the on-off knob was the problem breaking squelch. We chased a few items before finding it
     
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    +1 for Bevan-Rabell
     
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    Jim Karpowitz is a fantastic component-level repair guy who got our KX-155 working like new and saved us thousands of dollars by bringing our KFC150 trim servo back from the dead.

    You could call Skycom Avionics, where he works - Or, head over to BeechTalk, he's a frequent participant over there.
     
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    www.kx-155.com This is an old-school guy who specializes in the old King equipment. He fixed my radio for a flat fee and the communication with him was excellent.
     
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    if anybody has a dead 155, I'd like to buy it to do a postmortem and figure out how to fix these suckers for a dime on the dollar. They CANNOT be all that difficult. A radio is a radio.

    Any leads would be appreciated.

    Jim
     
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    Heck, I have one that's probably still working, removed during upgrade, with GS. PM me an offer.

    The thing that is difficult on them is the displays, which have been out of production for a while - The part to replace them is $4K, not even close to worth it. Anything else, I'm sure you could fix quite handily.
     
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    I sent a PM. I think I might have a good solution to your problem
     
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    I'll bet Jim could come up with a cheap fix. In a different thread I already told him how. :)
     
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    I'll bet you are right, asicer. My hit is individual 7-segment LEDs that you could replace one at a time if they ever failed. If I ever get the time I'll bet I can do it for well under $200, but getting the time right now is a premium. But thanks a million for the help. You are correct, given the correct information, a competent 7th grader could do it.

    Another problem is that I need a busted one and every contact I've had says the same thing ... "Yea, I've got one, give me a bid." I don't work that way. Tell me how much you want for it and if it fits into the budget I'll buy it.

    Jim
     
  18. SoCal 182 Driver

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    I'd be willing to bet that the guy at www.kx-155.com has some carcasses that he would let go cheap. Maybe it's worth a call...
     
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    I just posted my KX155 14V with Glide Slope and with a NEW DISPLAY for sale in the classified section.
     
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    That was fast! SOLD to Russ Still!
     
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    Didn't King use the same display tech on other devices in the silver crown line? I bet you could acquire KNS-80s and the like (96/97 COMs? 62/64 DMEs? 87 ADFs?) for pennies a pound. Not sure if that would suffice to test your repair theory or not, but maybe an alternate/cheap path to this experiment?

    /not a seventh grade EE, no idea if the idea is a stupid one or not :D
     
  22. SoCal 182 Driver

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    I ended up sending the radio to Ed at www.kx-155.com. Great guy. As Rob said, excellent communication. Quick turn-around. Mine took a bunch of troubleshooting, and I had him do some "while you're in there" stuff, so the cost was higher than the usual flat rate. However, at least in ground testing, the problem appears to be gone, and a radio check with the tower from within the hangar, with the doors closed, yielded a "hear you loud and clear" from ground control. Hopefully flight testing will yield the same good results.
     
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    Ed knows this radio well...my Kx-155 is enroute back to me as I type...very responsive and impressed with his service.
     
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    If you're still interested in the project, I'm going to the Mesa Starman Auction this weekend. Tell me a budget number and I can try to get you a KX155 to play with. $100 may grab one, but I usually see them go for multiple hundreds.
     
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    We are pulling our KX155 and it’s indicator due to getting a new panel upgrade. Also have a 170B + indicator coming out. Will be putting that stuff up for sale afterwards. The plane is in the shop for a bunch of upgrade now. Your welcome to pm me about
     
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    Probably the same money to buy another on Ebay.