Re: Dead 7603

Jim Ford

Thanks, Dave!

I will try the largest value cap I have in parallel with C821 this
evening. The rest of the day is dedicated to my other addiction (I
meant strikethrough) hobby, playing musical instruments.


------ Original Message ------
From: "Dave Hills" <dadhills@...>
Sent: 7/21/2018 9:44:06 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Dead 7603

So I checked out the 8 V supply feeding the 5 V supply - it looks
bad! Similar waveform to the 5 V rail but dips from a high of maybe
V down to about 2 V. That's at the junction of the cathodes of
rectifiers CR820 and C821, C821, R821, and the collectors of Q829 and
Q835 on the Rectifier Board.
If either of the rectifiers were shorted, you would see the waveform go
negative across C821. The minimum value of 2v indicates they are OK.

Then I checked at the anodes of CR820 and CR821; more convenient to
across C820. I saw about a 30 Vp-p near-sinewave there, with the
of CR820 180 degrees out of phase with the anode of CR821.
This is OK.

I tried to measure C821 (18,000 uF) in-circuit with my cheapo Chinese
transistor/resistor/diode/capacitor checker, but it couldn't get a
reading. Ditto for C820 (0.1 uF, 100 V). I assume the transformer
effectively presents a short and throws off the checker.
This is what I would expect. Don't expect in-circuit measurements to
be meaningful with respect to a single component in a network. The
measuring instrument can't sort out a single component, as it see's
everything connected to it and makes a futile attempt to make sense of
the measurement.

Also, R821, from the cap/diode cathodes/transistor collectors point to
GND, reads 5.5k ohms, when it's supposed to be 4.7k +/-10%. I was
surprised to see it read high; most times the sneak paths make
read low in-circuit. Not that 5.5k probably makes a difference.
Either due to residual charge on C821, or R821 has drifted high, which
is not unusual if it is an aged carbon composition resistor.

Anyway, should I suspect the cap C821 or one of the diodes CR820 or
CR821? Or something else altogether?
All the info you have provided points to an open C821. Easy to confirm
by tacking an additional electrolytic cap across it and looking at the
waveform again. Even a small value, say, 100uF should make a
measurable difference. If the lowest level, 2v, increases, then you
have confirmed it is likely bad.


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