Icom IC-706Mk2G Remote Head Latch Repair

I was cleaning up the other day and found my old Icom IC-706Mk2G radio. It had been in a box since semi retirement a while ago when I upgraded the radio in the car! It still gets used from time to time, camping and portable (non sota) and for vhf/uhf field days and contests, but clearly hadn’t been touched in some time 😀

I found all the bits and went to fire up the radio, but, somewhere in moving it or using it or?? the clip that holds the front head unit (and the remote cable) in place to the body of the radio had popped off, and no searching could find it.

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I recall wifey showing my a strange black clip/thingy weeks ago, asking me what it was and if it was rubbish, to throw it away!. I’m sure it was thrown away!

So, without a clip, the radio is almost useless! what can I do, and how many hundreds of dollars is this going to cost me to fix!.

A quick google has the Service manual downloaded in no time and I found the missing parts.

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Icom Australia’s office is local to me in Melbourne, A quick ask on Social media suggested icom spare parts were very good, and should be cheap! I wasn’t so sure!, but a trip to the icom office, and 10 mins later, I had my bits! And they were cheap! only $3.74 for both parts..

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I had some time this morning to install the Parts! This was really simple, the head unit has two screws on the back holding the back on, unscrew these and then unclip the backing plate.

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Then pop in the spring, followed by the clip unit, and its done! How easy was that!

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Connect and screw it all back together and its done! All fixed!

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