Transistor Testing Help please???

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Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:48 pm

Board Number: PA-034AA

OK so I am a CB newbie and please bare with me. I am learning electronics and know the basics - enough to get by with building my own little circuits etc. At first I wanted to learn about radios and their operations so I decided to take on the hobby of CB radios, as-well as building a few basic radio circuits to transmit and receive signals and get an understanding.

Today I got given a "Realistic TRC-2001" Transciever. No power supply, No Microphone, Not working, No cost! Perfect project.

Power supply is sorted I have one that is sufficient and powers another thing he gave me - a scanner. Voltage is the same. The mic is a 5 pin DIN, about £20 to buy - so Im not worried about them. The problem is it doesnt turn on and a component needs replacing.

The guy who gave it to me is a HUGE enthusiast, been doing it for years since and during his military years but to help me learn he said this......" I know what is wrong with it, I could fix it, I even have the part, but I'm not going to tell you what to do - you have to figure it out". If I do fix it he will give me a load of other goodies he has spare, antennas and accessories. But I want it working to get using it.

HE GAVE ME A CLUE.....It has 3 pins, it is black, and it costs about £7.00

So I'm looking at the circuitry and there are a few Transistors in there. 3 pins, black. I have used a similar looking transistor called an n2222a dor an electronics project. BUT I have no idea how to test these reliably without having to desolder every one. They start at TR1 and go up to as far as I can see to TR19.

There is NO schematic for this board or CB online as far as I can see, there's a LOT of realistic model 'walkie talkie' (sorry) type radio sets, I did find a user manual, however the manual was for both the TRC-2000 and the TRC-2001 (mine) the schematic included read: ONLY FOR TRC-2000 - I checked the images of the 2000 model and it is a bit different.

How do I test the transistors with a multimeter??

I read about doing it with OHMs setting but there are so many types and variants I wouldn't know what to look for. A guy on you-tube had a radioshack component tester....easy but I dont have that luxury.

I thought about doing this: get a pen and paper. Write a list - TR1, TR2, TR3......etc then write each part number next to each part and go from there. If I know what to test for I can tick off each one as I go

NOTE....I have looked at a few of the transistors part numbers and they are all pretty cheap to buy, theres NONe that are £7.00 pricerange. I did see a few on the board that I havent come across (looks wise) and they were like elongated transistors - like a NPN type but taller in body.

Any suggestions to get this old CB radio working Please let me know I would be very grateful.

I don't want to buy one, its all about learning for me so please no funny comments like 'bin it and buy one that works'

Thanks Ben
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Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:15 pm

OK so I have done a little further research and I may have been looking at the wrong type of transistors....

There are the little black 3 pinned ones, but there are also 2 bigger transistors (they look like a LM317 voltage regulator)

So the 2 of these are a Power transistor....and an Audio Amp Driver

The Power Transistor costs £6.50 each which is close to my riddle like clue to fixing this circuit.

The part numbers are.....:

C2028/2 (Audio Amp Driver) also written C2028(2)
C2029/1 (Power Transistor) also written C2029(1)

Now...I looked for some info on a replacement part for this power transistor. I couldn't find the exact one, BUT a search came up with an exact replacement for the equivalent was:

NTE235 Silicon Transistor (RF)
65V / IC=3A / TO-220 / PO=5W / 50 MHz

So it sounds ok with the output wattage being around the same, although the 65V seems a little high with it running on 13.2 Volts. I am unable to find a Data Sheet for the original part so I cannot compare. Do I trust this parts site's judgement on an equivalent?

I don't know how to test this component tough of all the parts on the board... and based on my clues I'm quite sure this is the part to replace.
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Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:21 pm

If the radio dose not light up at all then check the fuse first then the protection diode { 1N4004 ) , If that checks out ok then check the on off switch is passing current through , If that checks out ok find the voltage regulators and check for input 13v and output 8v .
The 4wat output transistor C2029 was replaced by 2SC2078 .

Edit Check TR19 has 12.5 v in and 8,8v out . ... 00_sch.pdf
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