Originally Posted by ffemt613
yea,I got it off of an auction site called propertyroom.com, ebay type website. was able to get it at the last second
Good deal!! I'd say let Uniden fix it for the price you paid.
If you do want to look or know someone that can do the repair (providing you can get the part), it looks to be rather easy.
The connector does appear to be custom or maybe a standard one could be modified.
The back cover opens easily and has no wires. The thing to watch is the negative battery contacts. They may need to be depressed in order for the back housing to be lifted off.
Then there are 6 silver screws that hold the logic board to the front case. The 4 nearest the antenna end should be removed and the 2 near the speaker can be loosened. I marked these in the first picture.
Once that is done, the entire RF board will lift up and off from the logic board. They use a connector to join the boards so no wires again. The logic board must be raised slightly so the RF board will clear the headphone jack. That was the reason for removing and loosening the 6 logic board screws.
Once the RF board is free, remove the barrel nut from the antenna jack and the plastic trim plate will fall off.
Then unsolder the antenna jack from its center pin where it is soldered to a wire that goes to the RF board.
Remove the barrel nuts that hold the SMA antenna jack and the volume control as well as one screw that attaches the steel mounting plate to the RF board. The steel plate will fall off and the SMA jack can be removed and replaced.
To check the solder connections, you do need to see under the RF board but you can see the point where the SMA jacks wire is soldered to the RF board by just removing the back cover. It is good they used a short lead from the RF board to the SMA jack as that should have taken the stress from whatever caused the antenna jack to break in the first place and not cracked or damaged the actual board.
Anyone with basic mechanical and soldering skills should be able to do this repair once they have the part.
It does require a tiny phillips screwdriver.
I'd still send it in though considering the great price you paid! Why take a chance at further damage.
Here's the first 5 pics if anyone is interested. The final two in the next message.