- Aug 21, 2009
I have a Bearcat 101 that my wife gave me for a wedding present 35 years ago. I think it was the first synthasyzed scanner on the market. Does anyone know someone who might be able to repair it?
I've seen a lot of those over the past year or three that have bad memory chips in them. I saw a post at one time where a guy found a different memory chip that worked but it was quite a hack as it used an entirely different type of refresh signal to retain the memory contents from what I recall. I tried a few years back to find the memory chips that guy had used and those were no longer available just like the originals that Electra used in the 101's.I have a Bearcat 101 that my wife gave me for a wedding present 35 years ago. I think it was the first synthasyzed scanner on the market. Does anyone know someone who might be able to repair it?
Since it was a wedding gift from his wife it is probably worth more then a $10 replacmentYou can pick up a working one on eBay for around 10 bucks.... or less. Repairing the one you have would cost a service charge of at least $50.... and possibly much more depeneding on what is wrong.
Sounds exactly like a problem that I ran into with my 101, but it was #13 that it skipped on mine. After some testing, I discovered that the #13 LED was no good. After replacing the LED, channel 13 now works. I'm assuming that the LED has to be conducting in circuit in order for the logic circuit to recognize it. I am curious though... I have two issues with my 101. First issue is a bit of a hum that is only prominent on VHF HI frequencies and especially on UHF frequencies. LO band audio is not effected by this. Secondly, does anyone know of a friend of a friend of someone who might actually have a full Electra factory service manual collecting dust somewhere to help a guy out? I've searched and searched with no luck other than "SAMS SD-10" and mods.dk. The info helps, but falls short of a BC-101 bible such as the one available for the Bearcat III. Sorry for the long post!Sorry for such a delay in posting again and THANKS for all the suggestions. The problem I have is that the unit does not recognize channel 3. It skips right past that channel like it does not exits. I have cleaned the contacts and checked for a loose connedtion. I even picked up another used unit and it has the same problem but on channel 14. I do have the schematic for it so I may see if a friend can take a look at it.