Ordering, Design & Support

Ordering and Prices

The easiest way to order is by using Paypal. My Paypal button has been set to automatically increase the price by £5 to cover UK post and packing; for European orders please increase the price by £2 and by £4 for the rest of the world to cover the additional overseas mail charges. You do not need to have your own Paypal account to use this facility with your card. When you click ‘buy now’ it should bring up boxes for you to enter the product wanted and price.The Paypal payment should be automatically directed to Walford Electronics Ltd. at electronics@walfords.net

You may alternatively pay by cheque and send the order to me at the address given on the bottom of this page, but please do remember to add £5 to the cost for the UK postage & packing, and any extra overseas mail costs. Should a parcel be lost in the post, you must tell me because Royal Mail will only consider claims from the sender and then only to £20 unless you have paid me for extra insurance! Cheques should be made payable to Walford Electronics Ltd. All prices are in Pounds sterling (GBP). If in doubt, contact me in advance by e mail. Value Added Tax is not charged and so cannot be deducted for overseas orders. We reserve the right to alter specifications and prices in the interest of improving our products. Goods supplied remain the property of Walford Electronics Ltd. until payment is complete. 

Group Construction Projects

If the numbers of kits wanted are reasonable I may be able to offer a discount for multiple orders. My stocks of individual kits are usually small so advance warning is essential – it is generally best for the course organiser or Club to make such orders. Course instructors should emphasize to candidates, especially for less experienced people, the value and thrill obtained from using the built item on air afterwards, instead of just choosing the cheapest item that will get you through some exam! So I always recommend a receiver in preference to other very simple kits – please feel free to consult me – electronics@walfords.net

Design philosophy

I put my design effort into the circuitry, because most builders will leave the circuit unchanged but they are often very happy to adapt the mechanical aspects themselves. All kits contain brand new quality components to build the unit as in the photos. The open style of construction is fine for bench use and gives good ventilation for improved reliability/stability; it also allows access to both sides of the PCB for ease of building & testing but they can be easily boxed if you wish. The instructions provided with each kit are extensive and detail the recommended build sequence, with suggested tests after each stage so that confidence grows as the project is built. These kits are serious projects and require the builder to follow the build sequence carefully and hopefully to understand what should be happening at each stage. The design work (see photo on the home page) ensures that each kit can be built and tested easily, and will work reliably despite the tolerances on part values and ‘disturbances’ due to supply or temperature variations.  There is a high confidence that, if the instructions are properly followed, it will work as intended.

Support

If you do get stuck, you can always contact me for advice – ideally by e mail. If this fails to eventually get it working, I am quite happy by arrangement to have the kit back for investigation/repair. If it turns out to be my fault through poor design or faulty parts, then I don’t charge; however if its a proven design and somewhere the builder has gone wrong, then I make a modest charge based on the time taken to fix it with postage and parts required. If you do damage parts, spares are usually available for most rigs but be aware that small orders tend to be expensive!

Hot Iron

Hot Iron is a free quarterly e mail newsletter about radio related topics sent to people all over the world. It is now being compiled in a much enhanced style by Peter Thornton G6GNR and anybody who wishes to receive it should send Peter an e mail at equieng@gmail.com  He loves to have any suggestions for topics and publishable material on any radio related subject. I will continue to contribute notes on new kits and circuit ideas etc.

 

Walford Electronics Ltd.,

Vedal House, Vedal Drove, Long Sutton, Langport, Somerset TA10 9FB

Tel 01458 241103 or e mail me Tim Walford G3PCJ at electronics@walfords.net

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