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 Post subject: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 3:30 pm 
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Hey. SO yeah it's me again. Ran into another Pocket transistor radio that I decided to buy.

I looked it up beforehand so I realized it wasn't worth much, but at 5 bucks for in the box and looking like near perfect condition, I decided "why not?"

It's GE 7-2705A.

My question is...theirs no sound from the speaker at all when I tested it. Does it just need a capacitor replacement like the falcon I got awhile back(which after replacing the caps on it, the sound and reception on it was really good, which surprised me since i'm not used to AM sounding so clear, so Thanks to the folks who helped me on that one).

It had sound when I used headphones, just none from the speaker.


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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 4:22 pm 
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That radio has the earphone jack in series with the speaker connection. When the earphone is inserted into the jack, the speaker is disconnected. Check the connections to and trace out the speaker and earphone jack. Ken


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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 7:14 pm 
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Keeta wrote:
It had sound when I used headphones, just none from the speaker.
Clean the contacts on the earphone jack and/or test the speaker.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 7:34 pm 
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Handsome looking set. Agree with the other on the earphone jack. You can short the small inner tab to the larger outer one with a screwdriver to see if you then get audio. If so, then bend the tabs together to make continual contact.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 11:43 pm 
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Ok so I tried to short em out with the screwdriver to see if helped but It didn't.

I DID however listen very closely and some faint sound is coming through.

Since I had it apart I went ahead and replaced the larger capacitor since it could take one of the same size as one of the extra's I had ordered for the falcon, however I don't think the others I have would work for the smaller capacitor, but i'll ask here just in case. It may or may fix it, but it was mentioned before that changing these capacitors on older radios certainly
doesn't hurt anything....

The smaller one on it is a 16v, 4.7uf cap, the only ones I have are a 50v 0.47uf, and a 35v 10uf one, and one more 50v 47uf one.


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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 12:27 am 
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Usually these sets have 4 Electrolytic caps, and it's not that important as to the working voltage nor the capacitance values. I've replaced with whatever I've had on hand at times, and the sets have worked just fine.

The 4.7 uF cap probably goes to the VC wiper; try your .47 to replace it, and the other two caps to replace the others.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Sat 08, 2019 6:20 am 
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Keeta,

PM or send me an email with your name and address, (US Only). I'll send you a nice selection of capacitors for transistor radios, all the popular values.

No charge. Just a little nudge to get a noobie started.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Sat 08, 2019 5:42 pm 
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Don't take this the wrong way or anything, I just don't like giving my email and especially my home address out, so I'll pass. But Thank you for the offer though.


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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Sun 09, 2019 5:41 am 
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I'd be happy to send it to your work address. Heck, you can even list a co-worker's name. Makes no difference to me.

Your call.
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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 5:20 pm 
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In case this was overlooked, make sure the jack contacts are not corroded and the metal is bright. Run a piece of fine sandpaper between the contacts to clean them and try again.


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 Post subject: Re: Question for a GE pocket radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 27, 2019 11:16 pm 
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so a bit of an update on this one.

The speaker was bad. That really was all the problem was. I figured this out by simply taking apart both that falcon radio I got awhile back, and this one, and then just touching the wires of the GE to the speaker of the falcon. Soon as I did, got sound instantly.


So...well.....least now I know what the issue was. Since the headphone jack works perfectly, i'll probably just keep it as is and use headphones If I ever want to use it.


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