My ATS-808A sometimes will not receive a station for a period of time, then all of a sudden it will start playing. Then sometimes while playing and receiving a station it will all of a sudden stop receiving and the only sound is a faint static. Then, suddenly, it will receive the station again at a good signal stength. It is like the signal is strong one second and then no signal strength at all.
Anybody know what is going on? Is it worth sending in for repairs?
Also dirty electrical contacts will cause this problem if it is not an actual component failure. While the radio is playing Gently giggle all controls that may have been hit by a slight impact to see if the reception goes away, changes or returns. This gives you the location of your dirty contacts. With the power off , opening the cover and gently spraying some contact cleaner directly into this control will clean them. (follow directions on the spray can) And close the cover when done.This will also usually clear up any crackling noises heard as you adjust a volume control or other potentiometer control or tuner in older radios. Simple dirty contacts has been most of the problems I have encountered on older radio repairs.
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Assuming that we talking about digital channel could be couple reasons. First- too small antenna or in wrong location. Usually at evening, night hours there is less interference from cars, running electrical equipment etc reception is better. Far away stations reception is also better at night. Trees, houses etc also affect reception. If you in USA you can use site: antennaweb.org to determine correct antenna and direction to receive channels in your location.
re-orient your antenna , the more the higher the better signal reception you will receive. and check your neighbor tv reception if they are facing the same problem with your tv , the problem isnt with your tv, its the tv network sometimes failed.
Hello, I assume that this only happens when you are using it on batteries and the unit works when plugged into the mains. If this is the case it most likely is a faulty or dirty connection in the main battery chamber. Clean all contacts reload new batteries and try again.
My XHD6425 seems to be very inconsistent... Sometimes I get okay reception, other times I get terrible reception (much worse than my original stock Ford radio). The reception problems are more noticeable on stations that are more than 30 miles away or so.
Perhaps oddest of all, I've sometimes had it bounce back and forth between two stations (like if you are driving and in the middle of nowhere, half way between two stations), even in areas where I know should be getting good reception on one station and had never heard of the other other station before.
If you've figured anything out, please let me know.
If its not a micro-p glitch, sounds like the radio was subject to a spike or surge wile plugged into the AC adapter. If the "power" light stays on all the time, thats what happened. Believe me, I was Sangean America's tech from 1990-1995. Rob The fix is to replace a transistor, or fet in the main pwr supply. (Close to where the adaptor plugs in.) I wish I could give more details, but its been 14 long, long years.
The antenna should be available from Sangean, or C.Crane.
To replace the entire antenna, about 6 screws from the back must be removed, and the back also removed. Or you could replace it at the antenna's "elbow". However, this is almost impossible to do without loosing the 2 tiny washers. If you do loose the washers, the antenna will work, but will be loose, and not stand up and support itself.
..just read about your reception/interference problems and, having lived through similar situations for some time — particularly with different weather conditions. The following solutionhas settled it all : wrap power cable around storage brackets at back of radio with a short length then wound around support posts (between radio and cupboard from which radio hangs), then run short length to power supply outlet. In my case this result comes after much experimentation with the length of unwapped power cord (including fully unwrapped and stretched out) and different patterns of winding around the support posts. This final result takes care of everything (better sound, no interference/loss-of-reception when moving around in the room or in front of the radio, weather has no effect, stations received that could not be before due to overlap by nearby, more powerful ones). I have only about 2 1/2 feet of cable running from the brackets at back of radio, then wound once around center support and half around right support to then go to wall and down to receptacle close by (I tried all kinds of combinations of unwrapped lengths and winding patterns around 1 to 3 posts)...individual cases may be different. so GOOD LUCK, 'cause the radio is great...!