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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat May 18, 2013 11:59 pm

Hi. I've got an easy project on the bench right now for a customer at my church.
It's about a 1960 ish GE five tube table radio in a green plastic case.
It uses an interlock for ac disconnect. Has a 4" front mounted speaker, and, the circuit board mounts vertically on the front of the case with five screws.
After taking it apart, and, examinning the set,and replacing two paper capacitors, I decided to bring it up very slowly on the variac. Filters were badly shorted, and, it took some time for them to heal. I didn't mind that, as he doesn't want to spend much money on it.
Well, I definately get a power supply hum from very weak filters that aren't quite open, but, not good, either. At first, I got no sound. I tapped tubes, I had a dirty tube socket for the 12BE6 oscilator tube, and, the tube is also touch itself, so, that needs replacing as well.
Well, it started receiving stations weakly, at first. I carefully adjusted the RF antenna adjustment on the tuner, and, now, radio is getting stations.
Tommorrow I will report that the radio is worth fixing.
I played it for several minuites.
Very Happy


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Post by Tony V on Sun May 19, 2013 2:19 pm

Those old filters would have to go before anything else if it were mine.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun May 19, 2013 5:13 pm

Filter caps are always bad on those radios. The tube sockets are usually loose and make poor connection with the tubes hanging in there sideways. I take an ice pick and squeeze the tube socket terminals together so they make better contact. If the couplet is good, you should be good to go. If anybody gives me a radio to fix and "doesn't want to spend much money" on it, they usually just get it back. Statements like that put the servicer behind the eight ball from jump street. There is nothing fair about that. It costs what it costs. It can stay broke if the customer wants free or cheap. Good luck, Bill.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sun May 19, 2013 5:51 pm

Well, I wanted to make sure it was worth fooling with, first. Couplet seems to be alright.
I was even more concerned about the IF transformers. I talked to him this morning. He agreed to fourty five bucks to fix it. I can live with that as long as nothing else major goes wrong.
It's a simple set.
Just simply a pain in the arse.

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Post by Ben Delk on Mon May 20, 2013 8:54 am

Good radios are hard to find, good friends even harder. He must be a good friend.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon May 20, 2013 9:01 am

........And, that he is. I'll even clean the case for him.
Doing it as more of a favor, so, I'm not making alot on this one. I'm happy with that.

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Post by Ragwire on Mon May 20, 2013 11:22 pm

Pictures?
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Post by ve1arn on Tue May 21, 2013 4:43 pm

Ragwire wrote:Pictures?

I was kinda thinkin the same thing. It may be a regular radio, but they are still nice to see. Smile
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue May 21, 2013 5:35 pm

Sorry, guys. It's been hectic here. I will be posting pictures, but, I haven't had the time to take any yet. I prommisse I will.......

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu May 23, 2013 5:14 pm

Finally took some pictures, but, haven't had time to install them in Photo bucket, yet. Also my less than one year old camera has issues. Looks like I'll be returning that.
I'll get pictures installed as quickly as I can. It's been a rough week.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu May 23, 2013 10:53 pm

And, as prommissed, here are some pictures.



















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Post by Ragwire on Fri May 24, 2013 7:38 am

I like that era of radios. Looks like you got your work cut out for you reassembling it.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue May 28, 2013 6:19 am

Well, good news...... Radio is nearly finnished....
Here is what I have replaced:
2 electrolytics.
2 paper capacitors.
1 Tube. 12BA6
I antenna insulating sleeve.

I tried it with board out, and, I was having reception issues along with a variable audio hum.
I put circuit board back in, and, remounted it. Remounted ac power socket.
Still was having tunning problems. Tried wiggling tubes. No go. Tapped tubes. When I got to the 12BA6 I F tube, tapping made radio louder. Tapped it again, and, radio quit playing.The antenna wire that goes to the tuner broke, and, was coroded. Insulating sleeve had turne to concrete. replaced sleeve, and, re connected, and, soldered wire.

Replaced tube. Radio played much better.Variable hum gone, reception greatly improved, and, much better playing.
Played it for almost thirty min. and, it stayed fine. Tapped tubes, no problem.
Next step, cleanning case, make sure orig. power cord is good, and, upon completion of all that, Play it to make sure no problems occur.
Sunday I plan on taking it back to church, and, returning it, repaired, to my friend.
I'm a happy camper........ Very Happy

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Post by ve1arn on Tue May 28, 2013 10:15 am

I'm sure your friend will be a happy camper as well! Well done Bill!
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue May 28, 2013 11:23 am

Thanks.

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Post by 75X11 on Tue May 28, 2013 5:33 pm

Better tell the owner to set aside some parts for its' next service in 2063. Very Happy
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed May 29, 2013 4:09 am

Guys, I have to take it easy a few days. I wnt to the emergency room yesterday with a bad leg infection.Spent all afternoon, and, most of the night there..They were doing all types of tests to find out what is wrong.They again confirmed I am not diabetic, I do have a water retention problem, and, I think due to all the stress, and, tests, My blood pressure sky rocketed.
It was a rough day, and, It just completely wore me out. I was freezing, shaky, and, just plain miserable.
Hopefully, in about two weeks I'll be better, again.
I will say this. Unlike before, the people at Bayfront emergency ward are vey knowledgable, patient, and, very understanding.
I left there tonight with the knowldege I made some new friends.

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Post by ve1arn on Wed May 29, 2013 7:08 am

Best of luck Bill!

Take whatever time you need. Hope all works out well for you.
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Post by Guest on Wed May 29, 2013 9:41 am

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well Bill. I hope you get better soon.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed May 29, 2013 9:47 am

Be sure to do as they tell you. Get well soon.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed May 29, 2013 11:33 am

I'm trying very hard to. Thanks, guys.Feel lousy today, and, sore, and, weak. Not good.Most of the chills are done, but, I stll have no appetite, and, am sick.Bad acid reflux.

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Post by Ben Delk on Wed May 29, 2013 5:53 pm

Take care my friend and get some rest.
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Post by Ragwire on Wed May 29, 2013 10:46 pm

Oh boy...glad you caught that in time. Take care and take it easy.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri May 31, 2013 8:47 am

Update on health......
Was at the doctor yesterday. I have celullitis in my left leg, and, a low level infection in my right leg.
He checked my lungs, and, found out I have fluid in them.
My anti biotics are making me very sick to my stomach, and,Now, I may have the flu to top it off.
Grate week, eh??
I have to get yet, another blood test, exrays of my back, and, right leg, and, an ultra sound of my heart.

Oh, great joy.
Feeling pretty lusy right now, so, Not going to be around that much for awhile.
Work on radio has come to a screeching hault.
I have a nurse coming starting today to change my bandages every day.
Dr. said this is going to take time. Likely at least two months, or, more.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri May 31, 2013 9:55 am

Sorry about that. Be sure to follow the doctors' and nurses' advice.
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