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2019-01-15 Zenith Royal 200 Conversion to Silicon

My Zenith Royal 200 conversion to silicon transistors is going slowly. Right now I’m working on getting a good sine wave out of the local oscillator (see photo). The waveform had high frequency parasitic ringing every other cycle. I put a 100 ohm resistor in series with the collector lead and it helped some. I

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2020-01-10 Corrosion and Damage On Diode Leads

This photo is a detector diode that was broken during replacing the electrolytic capacitors.  The lead on the top was twisted, apparently putting stress on the glass package.  I replaced it with a 1N270 germanium diode. comment from fb group Vintage Transistor Radios Did you notice that the leads are magnetic? They stick to the

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2020-01-06 Two Similar Transistor Radios

I posted this a few days ago.https://m.facebook.com/groups/606087512820068?view=permalink&id=2638214152940717 Now I’ve replaced the capacitors in another one very similar, a DE LUXE. It’s not quite as complete and in as good a shape as the Encore. What surprised me was that some of the electrolytic capacitors were bad (measured open) and the symptom was no sound whatsoever

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2018-08-18 Two Types Of Germaniums In Old Radios

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios There are really only two types of germanium transistors in older radios. One is for the RF and IF stages and has low collector to base capacitance. The other is audio and can handle a few hundred milliwatts. I recently replaced the germanium audio transistors with silicon, with change

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2018-08-29 High Temperature And Nylon Screws

From FB group Hobby Electronics, 2018-09-01 I faced this dilemma before. I’ve repaired power supplies where the transistor failed because it was not held tightly to the heat sink because of a nylon screw that got hot. I used a steel screw and a fiber washer, and heat shrink tubing over the threads to insulate.

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2018-01-01 H N Y! Old Germanium Transistors Lose Gain As They Age

Happy New Year! I replied to a comment by George Glavas on FB group Vintage Transistor Radios George Glavas I’ve never read any documents to back up your claim that “…germanium transistors lose gain as they age.”  I think that people believe this because old equipment has lost gain.  But all of the problems I’ve

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2017-12-30 Zenith Royal 755LK

I tried to to post this to the FB group Vintage Transistor Radios, but the FB app crashed and I lost several lines of my typing.  Makes me angry! The radio was not making any sound.  I removed the chassis from the case.  I found the ‘battery saver’ slide switch had been forced apart.  I

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2017-12-16 Olympic 860 Radio Capacitor Replacement 

I was the only bidder on a lot of three radios, one of them is an Olympic model 860 AM transistor radio.  This radio uses four AA cells for a total of 6 volts DC. Overall the radio is in good condition – no chips or cracks.  I powered it up and if I turned

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2017-12-15  Royal 500 Capacitors Replaced

From FB group Electronics Hobbyists, regarding the Zenith Royal 500 radios. Clyde Hendrickson  There are two 50 uF, 10V electrolytic capacitors under the battery holder.  Replace them with 47 uF, 10 or 16 volts. There is also a smaller capacitor next to the other, it might be a 3 uF, or a 16 uF, 10V.

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2017-12-03 AM Oscillator Instead Of Aux Input

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios  For the last few months, ever since I started experimenting with oscillators on the AM broadcast band, my attitude towards auxiliary audio inputs has changed.  Earlier I thought  that it would be convenient to have an aux input.  But I was leery of making changes to the collectibles radio

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