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Thread: Cheap enough to throw away -> Cheap enough to repair yourself!

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    Default Cheap enough to throw away -> Cheap enough to repair yourself!

    I've had my Baofeng UV-5R for about three years or so now. Last winter, it must has fallen from the side pocket of my backpack, as later that evening, I found it lying in the snow in the car park for our apartments. It was lying squarely in a tyre track. I dug it out of the snow and ice and turned it on. It went *bee-beep*, lit up and ... the LCD was trashed. It was set to the local repeater, so I gave it a try. It worked OK, just no display.

    Now, I've read in so many places that these things are cheap enough to throw away if they get broken. For some folk, 30-something EURs, USDs or GBPs might be nothing, but for others, it is. I kept the radio, but it just sat on the shelf gathering dust.

    Then, about a week ago, I gave it some thought and searched for replacement LCD displays. Amongst the search results I found this:
    http://www.409shop.com/409shop_product.php?id=108587

    I also found this video on youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ryv6j_CWdo

    i then did a quick search for reviews & comments about the website/store and found nothing untoward.

    So, I ordered the display. It cost USD 6,00 (which was just over EUR 5 for me). it arived in the post this afternoon.

    I followed this video and changed the display with no trouble. Just one comment, this video shows changing the whole thing, backlight and all - the LCD I got from the 409shop was just the LCD screen. It took me about 30 minutes, as I dropped one of the small screws and keeping the LCD, rubber contact strips, backlight and metal frame altogether was a bit fiddly.

    Anyway, it works now.

    30-odd Euros saved and one less lump of electronic waste
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    Good job! Myself, I probably would have tossed it, so kudos to you for attempting and achieving a successful repair.
    Last edited by K6CPO; Fri 29th Mar 2019 at 18:56.

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    Another option for next time is to activate the voice readout setting

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon lind View Post
    Another option for next time is to activate the voice readout setting
    Next time? Your expectation of my continued carelessness wounds me, good sir!
    Just kidding. After the hundreth or so time it has clattered to the floor, I now keep it in a mobilephone pouch attached to the bag.

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