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Crank problem When I crank the radio the unit winds down very quickly. It make a very loud turbine noise.

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Re: crank problem

The Freeplay isn't really designed as a crank and play for long term. Stick it in the sun on a sunny day and let the internal battery charge fully, it'll work much longer.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008

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Re: crank problem

The drive mechanism has failed. try this. ensure it is fully unwound. then open it. then look for some part of the drive gears or belt that has broken or has slipped off. caution, you MUST ensure it is fully unwound prior to opening it.

Posted on Jun 04, 2007

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When turning the crank, the spring slips, and the crank flies back to original position. Spring will not wind up.

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Problem description:

  • Suddenly a quite loud and disturbing (scratch/screech/buzz) noise appears.
  • Sometimes the noise is gone but it reappears sooner or later.
  • Changing volume or radio band / input (am, fm, aux) does not affect the noise (even on volume turned down all the way).
  • The signal coming out of the Headphones / Rec Out plug is not affected.


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  • On the circuit board at the back panel locate the plug that goes to the speaker (is says "J2"). Check the solder joints. In my case, looking closely, I could see that they're not good anymore.
  • Renew the joints by heating them up and applying some fresh soldering tin. I also renewd the joint from the wire bridge next to the plug. Just check the other solder joints on the board.

In my case afterwards the problem was gone and the device is working properly again.

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Tivoli Model one radio - volume control does not go to quiet. I like to listen at night but volume does not lessen past a certain point which is too loud.

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Can't help you with the aerial. Mine made the same noise when winding down and I fixed that by pouring talcum powder around the windup section. Let it unwind and allow the talcum to go in,,,, and more grinding noises.


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