Very quiet Bauhn DAB Radio from Aldi

A little DAB radio, repaired at the workshop.

A colleague of mine brought this cool little DAB radio in to the workshop as it’s once crisp DAB tones were now no more and all life from the little device, had seemed to have ceased.  It was, very much, a dead radio.  When working, it picked up every station available, really clearly and seemed to out-perform the much more expensive devices my colleague also owned.  However, after a few months in the hands of his son, the radio would no longer turn on when plugged in.

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FixItWorkshop, May’18, Aldi Bauhn Radio, in for repair.

It was brought from Aldi for under £10, which seemed like a bit of a bargain to me.  It’s amazing just how much DAB radios have fallen in price in the last 5 years or so.

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FixItWorkshop, May’18, Aldi Bauhn Radio, in for repair, back of the radio.

The Bauhn UDABR-0197 (catchy name) is a compact, portable radio and is capable of being used with either a plug-in adaptor (supplied) or 4 x ‘AA’ batteries.  When powering this radio using either plug-in adaptor or batteries, the little radio refused to do anything.  Very sad.

I always start with the basics, so I checked the power from the plug-in adaptor first, which seemed to be delivering its 5.9VDC, pretty much spot-on. As a side note, I always check the condition of plug-in adaptor leads and plugs as they seem to almost always be made of the thinnest wire available in the Far East and prone to cracking causing poor connections.  This one was fine.

Opening up the radio was really easy, just 4 cross-head screws and the two halves of the radio came apart without any major dramas.

The first thing you notice about (cheaper) small appliances like this, is the ‘lack’ of anything inside.  The circuit boards in new small devices can sometimes be multi layered affairs, using micro components, making repair with normal workshop tools very difficult or impossible.

Luckily for this little radio, the designers have had the foresight to keep the power distribution board separate from the main ‘radio’ gubbins and this seemed to be of conventional construction.

On closer inspection of the power distribution board, it revealed a break in two of the pins from the ‘power-in’ jack socket meaning that power would not get through to the main circuit board.  The two pins were also shorting together, causing a local loop connection.  This meant than neither mains adaptor supply nor battery would power the radio.  Problem realised.

I was then able re-make the connection using a soldering iron on the board, reconnecting the pins to a spare section of copper detail on the power distribution printed circuit board.  Very satisfying.

Once the radio was back together, all screws back in place, power supply connected, the radio burst in to life, just in time for me to listen to my favourite station.  Happy days.

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FixItWorkshop, May’18, Aldi Bauhn Radio, in for repair, all fixed.

Cost of a new radio; £10.  Cost of repair; A bit of soldering and a cuppa plus gingernut biscuit.

Author: fixitworkshopblog

One of my hobbies is repairing everyday items. I like to recycle, re-use and make. My other hobbies are spannering with my car and motorbike. Just starting out in the world of blogging

3 thoughts on “Very quiet Bauhn DAB Radio from Aldi”

  1. Hi I have the same radio and I love it ! Well, I did. I think that my radio has the same problem. It isn’t actually dead. It does make some sound, (crackle) and it does actually work if I hold the jack plug into it, though it doesn’t work at all on the batteries. Would it be possible for me to post my radio to you for repair, if it’s possible and for it to be posted back whether repaired or not ? I live in Brighton and I wouldn’t be able to get over to Worthing just yet. Although that would be better to bring it over, obviously, than posting. Perhaps you could give me a rough idea of how much the repair might cost, though mostly I would like to have my radio working !

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    1. Hi Sonja, happy to look at your radio. It could be a similar fault to the one I repaired before. If it’s that, I wouldn’t charge more than £10 just for my time. I’m over in Brighton on Saturday and could collect maybe or drop me an email through the ‘contact us’ tab and I’ll send my details. All the best
      Matt.

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      1. Thank you very much for your prompt reply ! If you are able to come and pick the radio up on Saturday, that would be marvellous ! I’m a bit housebound at the moment unfortunately . Perhaps, we could arrange something. I’m not in a great rush for it, but I do miss it ! Thanks again. Sonja Kittelsen

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