I Have a ft 290r boxed with nicads, charger power lead and mic.
Telescopic antenna is straight and fine.
Battery compartment is clean
Radio has the mutek board fitted.
Bulb gone on meter
casing has had a respray at some time in its life
Dont have a manual but easily downloaded
I bought this to play with during Auroras but its a pain to wire up with my key so.
So open to swaps not sure what i am looking for try me you never know
If it gets any wider you might be able to ask them on FM.
I’m in Glenrothes, but not me. I’ve not done ft8 or any digital modes on 2m. I’ve done 6m, but not higher. MM7MTB
Certainly south of Fife but no ft8 here
In Midlothian; but not been on air today. MM0LBF
Not just me then - yes saw the same thing here (Pathhead) - tried pre amp off, att on, swung beam to get weaker signal - no difference no decode. Did hear a 'thump' about 2 sec before - it caused the harmonics and them distorted and wide audio. Could not take a guess at who it was - not seen anyone with that signal strength recently.
I don't suppose anyone has a beam where you might be able to DF it.