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PRO 96 Antenna Jack lost connection

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I have a Radio Shack Pro 96, it is about 3-4 Years old and quit recieving the other day and noticed the jack was just a little loose. I took the scanner apart and found the main lead to the BNC disconnected. Has anyone else had this problem. Did you fix it yourself?? There is a cover over the top of the connection that is soldered on. I figured I would just have Radio Shack fix it VS me screwing it up. I took in to Radio Shack, they told me "There isn't alot we can do for you" pretty much didn't care to see me walk in the store. Don't know of anyone locally that does that sort of stuff. Just looking for any information of who I could send before I get the nerve to tear it apart and try to fix it myself.
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You would need to send it into RS repair shop, going to the store is a waste of time.
 

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Repair at RS? Nope.

Chevyman22360 said:
I have a Radio Shack Pro 96, it is about 3-4 Years old and quit recieving the other day and noticed the jack was just a little loose. I took the scanner apart and found the main lead to the BNC disconnected. Has anyone else had this problem. Did you fix it yourself?? There is a cover over the top of the connection that is soldered on. I figured I would just have Radio Shack fix it VS me screwing it up. I took in to Radio Shack, they told me "There isn't alot we can do for you" pretty much didn't care to see me walk in the store. Don't know of anyone locally that does that sort of stuff. Just looking for any information of who I could send before I get the nerve to tear it apart and try to fix it myself.
Thanks
Those folks probably can't even spell 'solder.'
More than likely it's not a difficult job but it takes a little skill.
Maybe there's a ham radio club or operator you could ask to take a whack at it?
Or a TV or appliance repair guy might be able as well.
 

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NW0U said:
Those folks probably can't even spell 'solder.'
More than likely it's not a difficult job but it takes a little skill.
Maybe there's a ham radio club or operator you could ask to take a whack at it?
Or a TV or appliance repair guy might be able as well.[/QUOTE
Yea, we have a Ham radio club here, where they sell radios and service them, he told me that they don't work on scanners bring it to Radio Shack...NOt many little fix it shops around anymore like there used to be..
 

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I had the same problem with mine I took it apart and solder it back together. Its working good so far,I started to take it back to RS but figured it was no use.
 

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NW0U said:
Those folks probably can't even spell 'solder.'
More than likely it's not a difficult job but it takes a little skill.
Maybe there's a ham radio club or operator you could ask to take a whack at it?
Or a TV or appliance repair guy might be able as well.
Yea, we have a Ham radio club here, where they sell radios and service them, he told me that they don't work on scanners bring it to Radio Shack...NOt many little fix it shops around anymore like there used to be..
 

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AES=Amateur Electronic Supply will fix it. www.aesham.com :
Milwaukee, WI main store service dept.: (414)-358-4087 or 1-800-558-0411
Not sure if other stores have service dept.s, probably do:
Cleveland, Ohio: 1-800-321-3594,
Orlando, Florida: 1-800-327-1917,
Las Vegas, Nevada: 1-800-634-6227.

Milwaukee is the only place I've ever gone for radio repair, so there may be others search amateur radio equipment dealers and see if they have a repair shop. Went to rat shack once they sent it to their texas repair shop,it came back saying the Item was too old, two years, so they didn't have the replacement parts :roll:.
 
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If you are steady with a soldering iron (use a low watt fine tip iron - not one of those Weller guns!) and you are confident enough to disassemble your scanner then, yes you can fix it yourself. I fixed mine and I am no means an electronic expert...not even close!
 

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Post what part of the country your in and someone can possibly point you in the right direction if you dont feel you can resolder it yourself............Hoser
 

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RS isn't completely useless

KB9NLL said:
Went to rat shack once they sent it to their texas repair shop,it came back saying the Item was too old, two years, so they didn't have the replacement parts :roll:.
My Pro-43 scanner had a failing part. I sent it off to RS repair and it came back with a note saying which part was dead and that they didn't have any of those to replace it with. Since they couldn't repair the scanner the diagnosis was free. (I'd been really close to figuring out which part just by touching the parts in the vicinity of the failing one. The heat from my finger would make the failure occur.)

I called G&G scanner to ask if they could take the part out of an organ donor. They did, I installed the part and my scanner was fixed. Grand total was < $10.

G&G could easily fix an antenna soldering problem. They specialize in fixing scanners.
(but the antenna issue isn't really a specialist job)
 

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hypersight said:
If you are steady with a soldering iron (use a low watt fine tip iron - not one of those Weller guns!) and you are confident enough to disassemble your scanner then, yes you can fix it yourself. I fixed mine and I am no means an electronic expert...not even close!
I may try to fix this myself, I do have some experience soldering, just that is a $400 scanner don't want to mess anything up..Although wouldn't be the first time.
Thanks all for your help, I will let you know what I get accomplished.
 

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hoser147 said:
If you switch antenna's alot get a connector for the scanner bnc to save on wear and tear....Hoser
I use a notch filter, so I never take that off and always connect to that. I imagine all the strain from the coax and this scanner has gone everywhere and has seen alot of use.
 

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I have done other radios. The worse ones are those with the shroud surrounding the antenna connection. Though it takes a little more time, because you need to de-solder anything around it and then just be sure to tighten the locking nut on the underside, then hit the cold solder joint with a few seconds of a low power soldering iron with a very small tip making sure the solder shines. Then put the shroud back in place, solder it and then button up the radio and it's all set. Remember, don't grab the radio by the antenna, you'll have to do it all over again.
 

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Success!!! Took the scanner apart this afternoon, was a bugger to get that little cover off that was soldered on about the jack, that is 99%, the rest was easy. Hopefully it last.
Thanks for everyones help!!
 
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