Sn0w

Feasibility of repairing a scanner?

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So I bought a scanner (RS Pro-164) off of eBay that was sold as parts/not working. Unfortunately however it did not say why it wasn't working, what had happened to it, or whatever. So I was wondering if this (fixing it) was in fact a terrible idea or are there some steps I can follow to find what made it die in the first place?

What tools would I need? Multimeter? Soldering Iron? Etc.

I haven't received it yet, but am planning on getting tools in anticipation of the attempt to fix it, lol.

Suggestions/comments appreciated

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Turns out nothing is wrong with it, everything on it works fine. Pro-164 only 24$! Now I wish I'd bought the other one too, lol.

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Turns out nothing is wrong with it, everything on it works fine. Pro-164 only 24$! Now I wish I'd bought the other one too, lol.

nice... i am jealous..

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Also picked up a Uniden Bearcat BC8500XLT for 25$ and a RS Pro 404 for 20$ not too shabby imo - now I just want a frequency counter and a scanner with a super wide band that has good computer logging/ recording capability... oh and an awesome antenna to put on the roof!

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Now I have a possibly broken Pro-163 (40$) coming, I wonder what the odds are that it's fine? :biggrin:

If it is at least I'll have an AC adapter for my 164!

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Well I also got a Pro-404, it is pretty well fried. I have no idea what happened to it, but it appears to be centered around the computer jack (PC/IF?) and one small chunk of ash around the battery area - maybe someone tried to charge it through the port or something.

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Cleaned it up a bit.

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The Pro-163 on the other hand is in immaculate condition, no dirt, no burns, nothing on the PCB at all - looks like a champ. Although on plugging it in... nothing, no power whatsoever, not sure if it's the power supply or what.

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Damn, where are you finding all these good deals?

Around here people are selling crusty old 23 channel CBs for $100+.

BTW, that PRO-164 has Signal Stalker, which would be my main reason for wanting one.

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Trade secret :D where are you from? I could keep an eye out if you want something specific.

I have the 163 and 164 now, but I haven't figured out what's wrong with the 163 yet. I think the Pro 404 is fried and a nogo, but the 163 looks in awesome condition - PCB and all. I think I'm going to take it to RS and see if I can use one of their power supplies and hopefully that's all that's wrong, it'd be a sweet fix.

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Went to radio shack and had them try the power cord on another unit, didn't power up the other unit so they got a new p/s out of the back and tried that - it powered up both of them. Wooo! They sold me a new one for 20$, bam fixed!

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