I am no longer able to receive AM or SW broadcasts on my radio. It still works perfectly on the FM band, but when I switch to the other two, I only hear "clicks" as I tune the radio up and down. It does show the digital frequency readout still, but it does not show anything for signal strength on AM or SW.
Is there anything I can do myself, or should I send it in for repair? I contacted one repair facility that requires a $30 deposit to look at it. Would I be better off just buying a new radio? Thanks.
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If you know you have a good AM station in your area, and you can verify its frequency, and your radio can't receive it but CAN receive FM stations... then that radio just isn't going to get AM. It's probably not worth fixing.
There may be interferences from electrical appliances fridges, TV. Move the radio to some other place. For AM rotate the radio to get the best signal. For FM and SW deploy the telescopic antenna. For SW you may use an external antenna. For SW, to tune in on a station you need to know the broadcast time and the frequency.
It's a two way communications radio, not a broadcast radio, hence it won't receive FM/AM broadcast radio stations.
You should not confuse the two as they work on different radio bands, most FM broadcast radios are on the 86-108MHz bands, whereas two way radios operate on the following bands: 1-86MHz, 108-174MHz, 220-520MHz & 865-920MHz
I don't know which band your radio works on, but not broadcast bands I'm sure.
The only exception to this is the smaller hand helds, which may have FM broadcast programmed, but if this is the case with yours, This issue is out of the realm of two way radio queries, as Broadcast radio is not two way radio, but one way radio, and I'm not competent enough to answer Broadcast radio issues.
SW transmission depends on an atmospheric layer called the ionosphere. The density of ionized atoms present in the layer is dependent on the light from the sun and on solar activity. The rule of thumb is to tune in to the larger meter bands ( 49m, 41 m, 31m, 25m ) in the evening and at night and the shorter meter (31m, 25, 21, ...16, 10) bands in the day.
To tune in to a particular signal you need to know the exact frequency and the broadcast time. You can search the Internet for the frequencies of a particular radio station and the times when that station is broadcasting in direction of your region.
Look at the front case and locate reset hole. Insert cocktale stick or similar and listen for slight click. Insert new batteries, ensuring correct polarity and that there has been no leakage from old batteries on terminals.
If leakage ie green/ uneven appearance, try to scrape clean with suitable implement when disconnected from mains only.
The Realistic PRO-2052 is an old (vintage) scanner receiver with fixed
AM and FM modes on the bands it cover, as specified by the U.S. band
allocation. The PRO-2020 covers only the VHF and UHF frequencies and
modes AM and FM is not user selectable. Frequencies can be programmed
into any of the 20 memory channels
U.S. Coverage: (varies from state to state and other countries. We
don't use 30-50 Mhz here in the Philippines for 2 way mobile
communications, except for cordless phones)
30-50 Mhz Lower VHF at FM narrowband only (covers mobile, emergencies, businesses, etc. and
108-136 Mhz Aircraft band at AM narrowband only
138-174 Mhz Amateur and Commercial band at FM narrowband only (2 meter band)
410-512 MHz Amateur and Commercial band at FM narrowband only (70 cm band)
If you're trying to select AM or FM for a specified frequency, I'm afraid you can't do that as it is not selectable.
If you are trying to program AM Broadcast frequencies (mediumwave (MW)
or FM Broadcast frequencies (FM radio stations), those were not covered
by your PRO-2020's microprocessor. Even if you modify your scanner to
receive those bands, you will not hear radio transmission properly
since the receiver do not decode FM wideband, which is the standard
mode for FM broadcast and Television band.
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