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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Don't you have an automatic tuning system or ATS? By pressing a band switch for a while the ATS starts looking for stations and stores the ones that have a good enough signal. Even if a station broadcasts but the location of the radio is not adequate for a good signal to be received, the station won't register and it will appear to you that the tuner is skipping.
Before you dive off into electronics, first set it on a channel and throw a cover over the front of it to cover up the infrared receiver input. It may be something in the room transmitting spurious signals.
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.
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.
Don't be mis-led by the working display. I had the "no power" problem with a working display too. I measured the voltage of the two AA batteries. One was 1.33 volts and the other was only 0.76 volts. Replaced the weak AA and everything worked. I suspect the 'enable' circuitry fails around/below 2.1v.
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.