I have this radio, 1 year old at x-mas 08, the power went out the other day now the tuner will not pick up any of the 3 local FM radio stations, or any station at all. I get nothing but static when I set tuner to channels. Auto search comes up empty as well.
I cannot find this product anywhere on your site either to get help that way.
OK, I found out what the problem is. ON my GE 7-5402 Spacemaker under-cabinet radio, the FM was only static. I've opened it up and there is a component which is failing. When I used a heat gun on the circuit for about 5-10 seconds, it started working and it stopped again when it cooled off. After some time I isolated which component it was that needed the heat in order to work. Here's where to find it:
Remove the top (25 screws of various length)
With the LCD facing you, look to the right of the CD-drive close to the
large aluminum cooling fin.
There is a single transistor with markings of: "D2012" and "6:R".
This transistor is the problem and I believe if it is replaced, the FM radio
should work. I'm going to try it and see what happens. I think I found
the right one online for less than $1.
Hope that helps you guys!
A fix that worked for me with the static on the radio. turn on radio to fav stationthen turn on your light under the unit wait about 15 min. the fm station slowlycame in. you have to leave the light on. seems that the light warms up something inside the unit and the reception gets better. soon as i turn the light out i getstatic again on am and fm. did not want to part with the radio cuz i really likethe weather station. worth a try. feb 19/12
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Re: Ge spacemaker radio model 7-5402 problem
That's great troubleshooting. I have taken it a step further however, and using a can of freeze spray which allows narrowing the problem further, I have found that it is the power amplifier IC under the large heat sink that is the problem (aluminum cooling fin). By carefully cooling off JUST THIS ONE component with the freeze spray I can get the radio to fail again as soon as the spray hits it. Because of the large ground pins on the side of this IC it is very difficult to remove. However, after removing it I found that it is a CD8227GP audio amplifier IC, and can be substituted with an NTE7157 which is available in New Jersy. You should be able to order it from a local electronics parts supplier.
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fm frequencies are just that fm frequencies ( not japanese, chinese ,english or anything else
it is a range of frequencies in the fm band that local stations broadcast on
so all you have to do is to turn the tuner knob until you get 107 fm
so as you turn the knob you will loose 89 and it will go probably 90.5 , 100.20, 102.7 etc and if there is a station broadcasting that your radio will pick up it will come in and then fade out as you keep moving the knob
you may have to change the mode as there are fm 1 ,fm 2,fm 3 bands to get your fm 107 as it will depend on what megahertz 107 is operating on
The DEH-P7900BT is almost identical to the DEH-P85BT sold in Europe.
is a US model and will tune most AM/FM stations in the UK/Europe. The
FM broadcast band is 87.8 to 108.0 MHz. so it will not pick up any FM
stations outside this range. Also, the tuning is in odd increments
(such as 96.1, 96.3, 96.5, etc.) so some stations with even frequencies
will be slightly distorted, depending on the power of the signal the
I found this bit of info for you but ill keep looking and let you know what i find out. Also have you tried it in europe to see if it does work or not let me know ok
1. Connect the FM antenna and the AM loopantenna at the back of the unit. Rotate the AM loop for better reception.
2. Press AM/FM.
3. Tune a station by pressing TUNER+/-repeatedly until the desired station is found.Alternatively, you can press and hold thesame buttons down for about one second toactivate the automatic search function. Inthis mode the unit will automatically tunefrequencies until it finds a station.
4. Repeat step 3 to tune to another radio station.
5. Press AM/FMto select between FM and AM.Storing Radio Stations
The unit can store up to 40 radio stations (30 preset stations for FM and 10 preset stations for AM) in its memory. You can enter every single radio station yourself or the unit can store all available radio stations automatically in ascending order
Automatic Preset Programming
1. Press AM/FM to enter the AM/FM mode.
2. Press and hold AM/FM for two seconds to start automatic preset programming.
3. Radio frequencies will be browsed and radiostations stored automatically. When all the available radio stations are stored or all 40(30 preset stations for FM and 10 preset stations for AM) memory locations are full,the auto preset programming function will stop.
1. Tune to a radio station (see "Manual tuning"for details).
2. Press MEMORY. While the Program Preset number is still flashing, input your desired preset number using the numeric buttons or press CH+/-, then press MEMORY to store it.
Retrieving Preset Stations
1. Press AM/FM to enter the Tuner mode.
2. Press CH +/- to search up or down for thepreset stations or directly press the numeric buttons.
cuts out ? well, all FM radios cut out for.: 1: weak station. 2: stereo can not be held in properly( can be bypassed on most RAD , pick mono) 3: AGC drop out, same as #1
on better radios (RTM) you can defeat these default features. set the FM to mono channel mode, and now you hear all stations. also kill the AGC mode. this allows you to hear the station. and static or both. like a Marconi radio of days of old. modern radios are programmed to blank weak stations. tis a fact. im a tech and tuned these features, for 50 years.
ok the fix, 1: move closer to station 2: get a better antenna (vast choices) 3: go to station and turn the gain knob up and get arrested by FCC.
I have a car stereo purchased from the US and I can’t pick up all radio stations in Europe/UK, what can I do?
If you have purchased a car stereo from the US you will find that it
will not pick up many European radio stations. This is due to the fact
that US radio frequency steps are different to here in Europe.
You may be able to set the tuner to European stations by following this procedure.
Press and hold down the SRC button to power down the unit completely.
While the unit is off press button 1 & 5 together, while momentarily pressing the SRC button.
If this does not work try the following proceedure;
Press and hold buttons 1 and 5 together, while momentarily pressing the reset button.
If this does not work then the unit is not designed to pick up European frequency steps.