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My Baygen Freeplay AM/FM/SW radio unwinds way too fast and no longer produces reception. I've read other postings that the common problem is either a blue wire that needs to be re-soldered, or a belt that needs replacing. I have opened the case and I see no loose wires. So, how do I SAFELY open the inner case to replace the broken/worn out belt without having the spring uncoil all over me???

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SOURCE: Spring broken?

After you take the two halves of the case apart there is a blue wire that comes from the 3v input jack on the back half of the case and goes to the radio circuit board near the top corner. The solder joint where the wire is soldered breaks easily. With this wire broken the generator will run to fast because there is very little load. The radio will still play if you slow the generator with your hand as it is playing back. If you resolder this wire the radio will work and the generator will run at the proper speed. This takes only a moment or two.

Please don't take the generator assembly apart, there is nothing wrong with it and the spring could come loose and hurt someone.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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In the original big black Baygen radio there is a blue wire with a solder joint that breaks. This wire shunts part of the load back to the generator and prevents it from running to fast and going over-voltage. I am guessing that a similar problem is affecting your newer smaller radio. On the original radio after you take the two halves of the case apart there is a blue wire that comes from the 3v input jack on the back half of the case and goes to the radio circuit board near the top corner. The solder joint where the wire is soldered breaks easily. With this wire broken the generator will run to fast because there is very little load. The radio will still play if you slow the generator with your hand as it is playing back. If you resolder this wire the radio will work and the generator will run at the proper speed. This takes only a moment or two.

Good luck.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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SOURCE: I broke the antenna on my BayGen radio. Any ideas

Radio Shack, or any small electronics parts supply house will have one or can get one. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: I have an original freeplay clockwork radio which has died. Help!

If it is an original freeplay radio, it doesn't have rechargeable batteries as the first solution suggests. Chances are the solar panel became damp from exposure. Mine did this also, from leaving it outside nightly over time. The solar panel is gone unless you can find a replacement. Good thing the radios also run by winding them or plugging them in.

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Solution #2 is correct. My Baygen Freeplay radio was running fast and mine had a broken belt. I could not find a belt on eBay. After hours of searching the internet, I fond a replacement belt at http://www.kenselectronics.com/lists/belts.htm I have the older large Baygen Freeplay radio without solar power and this is the belt that fit my radio... AV-SBS9.5 Replaces SBX9.5 & 1407-36 & SCX9.5 square 9.5 x .047" belt, Baygen Freeplay. Just search the website above... they also have a second size Baygen belt that might fit the newer Baygen Freeplay radios???

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Good luck.

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