Thanks for the information. I have located the manual which has a schematic.
I guess I am going to have to dig in and start changing parts.
I do not think I destroyed every IC as the radio powers up and the remote
digital readout I have for it works and shows the correct frequency so some
portion of it is working. That and the fact that I can still hear static if I
turn the volume up to max means that some portion of the receiver is working.
Thanks again, and keep the ideas comming.
From: "Dr. Gerald N. Johnson" <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, Aug 7, 2007 12:21 pm
Subject: Re: [TenTec] triton 540 reversed polarity
On Mon, 2007-08-06 at 21:24 -0500, Stuart Rohre wrote:
> Reversal of DC polarity may have failed some electrolytic capacitors. Also,
> if it is working weakly, maybe a diode in a bridge rectifier is open. How
> long was the polarity reversed? That may tell if any active devices bit the
>My experiences with reversed polarity is that the fuses are reliable
>indicators of fried semiconductors. That semiconductors fail faster than fuses
>open, so time isn't much of a factor.
>ICs dislike reversed polarity and often short. Some ICs running off internally
>(to the radio) regulated voltages may be protected by the
>regulators, some regulators may feed full supply under reversed polarity
>conditions. Small bipolar transistors base-emitter junctions often
>(especially RF types) have lower break down voltages than the inverted supply
>and the avalanche can do serious junction damage.
>Expect to test and maybe have to replace every IC and every transistor along
>with many electrolytic capacitors. And the miniature electrolytics may have
>been poor anyway just from age.
>73, Jerry, K0CQ,
>All content copyright Dr. Gerald N. Johnson, electrical engineer
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