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IC Failure In Philips Radio DL167

By on September 16, 2020
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COMPLAINT REPORTED: Not picking up any stations.

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HISTORY: This Radio had visited me once in March, 2018, though I could release an article only in January, 2019. Please see link :

TROUBLESHOOTING AND RECTIFICATION: I checked and ensured that the voltages to the IC CD2003GB were ok. The crystals were not oscillating in AM or FM when I checked and moreover the IC was getting warm soon after switch on. A clear indication of the IC failure. As I had a bad experience of trying to remove the SMD IC by a blower on a previous occasion (Please see, I decided to use an IC Cutter Tool. Removed the IC and replaced with a new one.

As no other defects in any components were detected, applied power and found that the set worked very well. As before, I never charged anything to my dear old and most revered School Master, who is nearing his century! The gleam of joy that I could find on his and his wife’s eyes (another teacher) when I delivered the Radio to them, cannot be explained in any words and cannot be valued in terms of money! Mission accomplished and utmost satisfaction got added to its collection!


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This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 70 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    September 16, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the CD2003GP IC in this repair. I knew about the EXAR XR2003 often used in washing machines and dryers, just like the 2004 but this AM/FM IC is less known with interesting features and is still available.

    • Parasuraman S

      September 16, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Many thanks for your prompt encouraging comments!

  2. Simon Arsenault

    September 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    you may try with some chip quick low temp melt desoldering alloy... its under 20$ and will get the job done 110% far more safely and easier... have a look!

    • Parasuraman S

      September 18, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Many thanks! Shall try!

  3. Yogesh Panchal

    September 16, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    some time this type of "Cutting" practice may worst the job if you are working on "Multi layer" PCB.Chances are more to damage the Traces underneath IC.(If the pressure for cutting is more) can use some Jigs made of simple Copper Wire if you are not comfortable with Hot air workstation.

    Here are Some De-soldering Idea Without Hot air.

    Good Luck Sir.

    • Parasuraman S

      September 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Many thanks! Shall try!

  4. Sreekumar

    March 15, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Sir, i am having one Philips portable radio RL118 faulty.AM stations can't turned, but FM stations ok. Radio in Am mode very noisy. Am FM IC is D2003 GB. 16 pin Smd.Audio IC is D2722A. Your kind advice is requested to solve the problem.thanks in advance.
    Expecting your earliest response.


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