Nicom Purchase Mistak?

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I ordered a Nicoms STL transmitter and receiver to replace an old set that had become problematic. After the order was placed, I read some things that concerned me about Nicom STL reliability. Broadcast Worldwide said they had no complaints on the STLs, just on their amplifiers, but someone else said they will die in 2 years.

Can anyone put my mind at ease, or am I justified in thinking I just wasted my client's money :shock: ?

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I service several stations which have used them for longer than that and we have not had any problems that I can recall. If memory serves, the only NICOM item we had a problem with was a low power FM xmttr for a translator.
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THANKS! I hate to second guess myself on these things after the fact.
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I have one client with a Nicom STL. Only repair has been a fan swap.
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Thanks. How is the audio quality of Nicoms?
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No problems with audio. Working ok in all respects.
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Thanks for the reply.
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I have had very few problems with the later Nicom STLs. The earlier 2ru units had intermittent issues from cold solder joints but I have a couple sets of the 2ru units still in use that are probably over 10yrs old. IIRC the early 2ru units are not repairable if the VCO or RF module GTU.

Compared to the cost of some other units, you can buy a spare set for the difference.

I have never had any complaints about the sound quality with a Nicom to Nicom pair but have odd level issues when using one of my spares to replace Marti or Mosley analog units.

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Thanks. I bought the Nicoms and they sound fantastic.

I, too, have a level issue. I'm have the Nicom receiver feeding my main TX and an old Moseley feeding my aux TX. The Moseley is getting slammed. The program level is pegging the meter, but the Nicom receiver is happy as can be. I'm wondering if I can reduce the level on the Nicom transmitter to satisfy the Moseley without getting in the weeds with S/N ratio on my Nicom receiver.

Your thoughts?
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Reducing the level at the transmitter is perfectly reasonable so long as it is not by a huge amount. If you are needing to drop the level by more than say 30% it is worth investigating why there is such a big difference. If the receive signal level is not marginal, then you will not notice the difference once the TX input levels are recalibrated.
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