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GE Transistor Radio Repair/ Signal Issues

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bjlasota

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Good morning,

I inherited an older GE transistor radio that I'd like to listen to Cubs games on. I can get most FM stations in my area, however, on any given day, I cannot get any AM stations. Is there something I should begin looking for to point out repair needs or a cheap way to boost the AM signal? I'm very handy when it comes to mechanical issues, and somewhat handy with electrical ones. Just wondering where to start. The specific model is a General Electric 7-25826.
 

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Ylli

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Some days you can, some days you can't? First thing I would check is the mode switch. Make sure the connections it is supposed to make are being made.
 

unclejed613

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clean the AM-FM switch with Deoxit. while you are at it, clean the volume control as well... the AM antenna (the black ferrite bar with wire wrapped around it) is somewhat directional and works best when broadside to the transmitter.
 

gophert

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Good morning,

I inherited an older GE transistor radio that I'd like to listen to Cubs games on. I can get most FM stations in my area, however, on any given day, I cannot get any AM stations. Is there something I should begin looking for to point out repair needs or a cheap way to boost the AM signal? I'm very handy when it comes to mechanical issues, and somewhat handy with electrical ones. Just wondering where to start. The specific model is a General Electric 7-25826.
Open it up and take a survey. Look for rust, black copper oxide, evidence of damage from leaking batteries (which may have leaked in the 1970s). Then look for electrolytic capacitors that may have dried out and need to be replaced. Corrosion is funky because conductivity can change with humidity and drive you crazy. Open it up and post some photos.
 
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