Parts or Repair? - Philips AL990 Shortwave Radio


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Published: 2 weeks ago
If something is broken there’s little to lose but much to gain by attempting a repair - even when I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.

INFO:
• I don’t want to plug this into power - so it’s fine that this part doesn’t work.
• I don’t need to use the alarm - so it’s fine that this doesn’t work.
• I used electrical insulation tape on the soldered wires as I couldn’t find my bag of heat shrink tubing.
• It uses 6 C-Cell batteries - the red battery release ribbon is looped behind the rear two batteries, so one pull of the tape releases all the batteries.
• I checked the polarity of the 12V DC plug by reading the service manual before I plugged by adaptor in
• This is not my first rodeo

• Try to just enjoy things as they come - it’s more fun than looking for holes in them. It’s a simple video about an old radio that just needed new batteries.I’m really not trying to fool anyone here - these types of videos take a long time to shoot but then are edited down to the highlights. Just like watching a 30 minute TV show where someone builds a house - you are seeing selected highlights - a house takes more than 22 minutes plus adverts to build and like that this video was spread over three days of shooting which accumulated about ten hours of video. If something isn’t shown in the videos it doesn’t necessarily mean I forgot it - I mean who in their right mind would leave bare wires pushed up against a circuit board - the suggestion is preposterous, of course I covered the wires...but no one really needs to see someone wrapping wires in insulation tape any more than they’d like to see me walking to the Amazon locker to pick up my aerial delivery or the hour long section where I tried to get both of the incredibly fiddly copper washers back into the new aerial.

It’s just a video it’s not a challenge.




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There’s a bit more information about this in the video description text box.

2 weeks ago

This is the thing about electronics repair: You're going to have a device you love you'll patch it up as best you can but be unable to fix some things but after a year or two of learning more it becomes a project to come back to.

1 day ago

My father was an engineer and coniseur of audio and radio equipment. He was also a tv repair man at one point . All that you review reminds me of all the stuff he had i had immaculate had me downs of stereo equipment that i wish i still had today ! Your work brings back so much memories !

1 week ago

you should check out some of the radios made by power tool manufacturers, could be a good premise for a video

1 week ago

@Techmoan Why the 12 Volt Dead, I bet a diode popped reverse voltage, Common in old Car Radios / CB's, for when you take a road trip the Car 12VDC could be used..

1 week ago

Do they have rodeos in the UK?

1 week ago

Hello teckmoan i realey like your video’s if you wand me to help you with the dutch Manuel i can help you

4 hours ago

Imagine Radio Ga Ga being played on this radio.

7 hours ago

Those fuses are made by Apple who makes really sturdy fuses that won't blow no matter how much you put through them.

1 day ago

Those Chinese stations..., Jesus, they are everywhere...

1 day ago

I totally dig that you're doing these types of videos. While I enjoy your reviews on dash cams, this is a nice change of pace, and you're getting better at the repair too! Keep it up my friend!

1 day ago

Oh well, I wanted to see if the BFO worked.

1 day ago

LOVE THE CHANNEL THANKYOU

1 day ago

nice

1 day ago

hi,more intersesting than the title implied,good work mr techmoan,keep it up aub.

2 days ago

This is a good stuff.... May be you can repair the "power supply" these radio.... You're check the "ac/DC diodes" and the capacitor from power supply, and read the voltage out. Check the voltage regulator, read the out voltages from the power supply, and your radio can work.... The transformer dead, you can replace with other similar.... (May be 12v ac out to 1amp) great stuff... Regards from México. 👋👍

3 days ago

The alarm amd radio was replaced. You were right the 4k helps. Love my TCL 65IN 4k tv :)

4 days ago

13:18 Apparently you received some chinese channels 😂

5 days ago

£5 for a picture of a radio. One must be mad to pay anything for a picture of a radio...

5 days ago

I want Puppets!

5 days ago

This video makes me appreciate my Panasonic RF-2200 which has been collecting dust under my desk all this time. I've managed to lose the battery compartment door somewhere...

5 days ago

Starts listening shortwave number stations and spy messages.

Good old SW radios!

5 days ago

I'm a bit disappointed you didn't tune it to an amateur (radio ham) band like 14 MHz so you could have demonstrated the BFO I noticed. You can get a 'real' communications receiver quite cheaply such as the ICOM IC-R70 on Ebay - look at https://tinyurl.com/Techmoan-Radio. Put up a long wire outside and feed it into the house for indoor reception.

5 days ago

Wash taysjjel

6 days ago

Like me with my beloved Casio CTK-731 keyboard. It stopped working, and I was hoping it was just the transformer. I bought some batteries, put them in and yelled, "She lives!" because it came back on again.

6 days ago

Fascinating. I have great memories of being a kid listening to my ITT Combat radio in my bedroom and finding stations from other countries. It was a magical experience.

6 days ago

I just found a Panasonic DR22 at a thrift store for £10! Couldn't believe it. Works great and everything :)

1 week ago

Great video!

1 week ago

Didn't expect to hear a Chinese song here😂😂

1 week ago

Really ? That's cool.

1 week ago

Can’t believe some of the comments to which you have alluded in the description above. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks Matt. Lr

1 week ago

Love your videos!

1 week ago

I’ve currently own a National Panasonic DR28 which cost me only a few bucks and some repair.
It still got a nearly broken power switch which is really hard to fix but I used a way around it: the Radio stays in the (on) position the whole time and is plugged into a TEAC TT-2 HiFi-timer which turns the power on and of...
what sounds linke a overkill is actually pretty neat: this two radios now form a very fancy clock radio.

Besides that, I’ve managed to get my hands on an old National Panasonic GX 400 and (what’s way cooler) it’s Japanese counterpart the cougar no7.

The number seven was briefly featured in one of the Neon Genesis Evangelion movies 1.11 or 2.22... it stood on shinjis desk and catches immediately my attention because of its cyberpunk-military aesthetics.

1 week ago

We had one National brand (Japanese) radio and cassette player. After its cassette player broke a loop string inside I opened it's back and after few times I never closed it, because it was old and something inside would brake at anytime. I could use it perfectly while open. Its shortwave radio was my internet that time. I felt myself connected to the world using that and I learned even few languages (including English) and listened to songs of many languages that I never learned. I was so used to the noises that after digital technology I couldn't bear the high quality of the same songs and radios. For a long while high quality voice and music didn't sound "natural" to me :D

1 week ago

Billy turned the dial on his short wave radio
How he wanted to talk to the people
He wanted his own show
Tune in Moscow Tune in New York
Listen to the Welsh kid talk

1 week ago

Don't know why the stand-by symbol looks so modern to me! I checked and it was introduced in in 1973. Wow

1 week ago