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By on January 2, 2019
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This Sony Radio ICF-570 was brought to me by a technician friend of mine, with the complaint that the press to on/off section is not working and as the IC was not available and he wanted me to replace it

with another circuit. Well, such challenges would always evince great interest in hobbyists like us and I started the work right away! As he had already opened the set, cleaned and gave me the screws in a separate packet, that portion was saved!

I removed the IC from the board. The IC number used in this radio was HW9315, but showed BU2305F in the circuit diagram, from the service manual downloaded from the following site:

Since the number was not clear enough, I clicked three snaps using different settings:

hw9315 ic

Located a good latching circuit from the following site:

Since I was not having IRF7319 IC with me nor was it available locally, I connected two separate mosfets of P Channel and N Channel (Any number would do that would work in low voltages. I forgot to note down the Mosfet numbers), in a bread board and tried. It worked very well! First I tried it giving the power supply itself as the load and connecting a Multimeter at the output. Then replaced it with an LED connecting a current limiting resistor in series. I connected it to the Radio too and it worked.

circuit board repair

circuit schematic

sony radio schematic

sony radio schematic board

board simulation

sony radio simulation board

Having tried and confirmed that the circuit was ok, I ordered for 10 Nos. of IRF7319 to AliExpress, got it delivered within 25 days through post. Soldered ‘octopus’ legs on it, then once again tried it on a breadboard. It worked very well.

pcb board

pcb simulation board

I removed all the SMD components from the Board of the Radio and with a lot of study and care, populated that area with regular components, as SMD was not available. The work looked very crude, as my aim was at the result!

radio sony repair

radio sony fix

radio circuit board sony

Rechecked the connections and gave the power, it worked very well. It is important that we do connect a 10K Resistor and a diode at the output, without which it did not work, because of the capacitive load on the Radio.

Fit the Radio and tried it out several times, with a lot of amusement such as a child will have, when its invention or modification of a toy works well!

how to repair sony radio

Another proud service-cum-project work added to my ever bulging satisfaction list!

This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 69 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

    January 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Although the setup of your components may look very crude, your soldering skills and technological knowledge are certainly very accurate!

  2. beh

    January 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    This is fantastic job you have done. but i think the cost of repair is exceeding the price of a new radio?

    • Parasuraman S

      January 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Definitely not. Moreover, such customers want to have these antique pieces for use irrespective of the cost.

  3. Henrique J. G. Ulbrich

    January 3, 2019 at 9:00 am

    An amazing work! Greetings, Parasuraman. Thanks for sharing and for another thing I´ve learned.

  4. ombra32

    March 30, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    very interesting article!


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