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PostSubject: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:28 pm

Hello i have a radio like this ------>http://www.mcclellans.com/Zenith8S661Restoration.htm
I was wanting to know how to use the automatic setting and what it is supposed to do. I also wanted to know how to set the push button tuning
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:59 pm

Usually, the automatic setting turns on the pushbuttons. There should be set screws somewhere to set them, either in back or possibly under the labels for the buttons themselves. I can't remember if this one is like this or not, but on some sets, the buttons can only be set for part of the band, not the entire band.
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:03 am

I have a similar Zenith chassis, 5808.

If it's anything like this, and I'd guess it is, it's easy. Take off the push button cover. Behind it, you'll see an adjustment for each "set point". The 5808 uses thumb screws, and mine are a bit snug, so needle nose pliers are needed.

Put the band switch in automatic and choose one of the presets, push in the shaft. Then, adjust the corresponding screw. While doing so, you'll notice the frequency changing. Stop when you're happy with the station. Do the same for the remaining 5. Also, it may be a good idea to let the radio warm up a bit before starting.





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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:22 am

The only problem is the band swich does not allow me to switch to automatic.
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:43 am

What's wrong with the switch?
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:50 am

Usually there is some type of linkage connecting the knob shaft to the switch itself. It is usually on the front of the chassis. Check to see if it's binding or something else is blocking it. I'm assuming the switch moves to the other positions. If the linkage moves freely, you may have a problem with the switch itself.
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:50 pm

The radio was professionally restored years ago, the switch turns easily and freely. not sure how to get it to auto,
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:34 pm

You have one of 4 switch positions. While in automatic, the main tuning dial is disconnected. If the switch is in BCB, SW1 or SW2, the main tuning is connected, and the tuner functions normally. Sorry to be so brief, but I'm on a cell phone.
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:40 pm

What I'm wanting to know is how do I get to automatic?
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:46 pm

You get it in automatic by having the band switch in the correct position!
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:43 pm

gvel wrote:
You have one of 4 switch positions. While in automatic, the main tuning dial is disconnected. If the switch is in BCB, SW1 or SW2, the main tuning is connected, and the tuner functions normally. Sorry to be so brief, but I'm on a cell phone.
It is the position that does not allow you to do the above. One of them will disconnect the tuning knob, and give you the option to push the buttons to tune. I am pretty sure the the dial will not move, if you are expecting an action like that, and you may have no station on any of the buttons if it came from somewhere else.
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:02 pm

gvel wrote:
You get it in automatic by having the band switch in the correct position!
The band switch does not turn to the automatic position, the white arrow does not show. It may be because I do not have any stations set for push-button
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:39 pm

Something in the mechanism of the bandswitch may have failed. The switch must go into the automatic position to electrically disconnect the manual tuning and electrically connect the push buttons. The chassis may have to be pulled to correct the problem. Some series of pushbutton Zeniths have a potmetal arm that is linked to an arm on the band switch. any looseness to the lever action or switch will restrict the motion and not permit full turning of the band switch. The switch stack may also be loose too.
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It may be because I do not have any stations set for push-button
The bandswitch should go into automatic even if all buttons are popped out.
Note: Assume all O.K. and mechanism is working mechanically. If no automatic button is selected it is possible to have all buttons popped out. If that happens the radio will appear dead as there is no pre-tuned circuit selected by any button.

Reminder, each button only tunes a specific partial range of the broadcast band. If there is no reference information on the chassis for the range, see the owners manual or the schematic tuning information.

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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:55 pm

Before I start taking this radio apart, my grandpa has two similar radios, both restored by the same person as mine, i will check to see how those two radio's pushbutton tuning works.
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:39 pm

Make sure the indicator is properly aligned... maybe you're in "automatic" mode but don't think you are because the indicator is out of alignment...

Just throwin' that out...


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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:42 pm

I can hear it switch, and re arrows move freely for am sw1 and sw2 but no auto
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PostSubject: Re: 1942 zenith console radio questions   Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:49 pm

Hmmm... then I'm inclined to agree with Chas about something mechanical in the linkage of the band wheel.

Good luck!
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