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August 19, 2009

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Richard Kalman

I have had a 320 for what seems like forever. Except for the lack of electronic tuning with presets it has been a marvelous radio. But there is one problem.

Has anyone experienced the radio station "wandering" as if the tuning knob is moving a slight bit away from the desired setting? My suspicion is that this is either the band that connects the tuning knob to the tuner, or the electronics are unable to keep a lock on the station.

Any ideas?

Sal Accardo

While I own the 320, I also own two pairs of Proton's high end unit, The Radio Model 300 and the amplified side speaker 301. They are terrific products, although they sometimes have problems with age. I'm trying to convert on pair to a clock radio using the Enover Plug-in Digital Outlet Timer. Since the manufacturer cautions using it with any device having a load exceeding 15 amps, I can't answer this since my manuals have been lost or misplaced. Does anyone know the loads of each unit? Is the Endover the ideal simple timer or is there any better alternative.

Thanks for your help.

Sal Accardo
sfa10still@gmail.com

Jake

I have a wonderful 320 proton radio and it just woke me up in the middle of the night with this terrifically loud buzzing.Like a fire alarm. I couldn't turn it off so I had to unplug it. I tried pushing the alarm buttons on and off but still no stopping this noise. Could this mean my battery is dead?
I need anyones help. I love my Proton.
thanks

Ed S.

Sal, a basic 60 watt timer should work fine
Jake, sounds like something has finally failed in your 30-something-year old 320. It may be repairable but may just be cheaper to get another on eBay.
Ed

Joseph M. Gates

I just acquired a Proton 320 at an estate sale and paid around $10.. along with other things in a large gray tub. I plugged it in and a rich sound came from the 4 " 🔊!
I set it up on my bedroom entable but noticed after a few days that I couldn't change stations.
So I dissembled it an poked around the fine thread that pulled the station light. After inspecting it I sprayed a small amount of CRC 2-26 Multi-Purpose Prescision Lubricant. This was the solution to enable station changing! I cleaned up the plastic station screen and the digital display lens.
After turning the station knob multiple times, I put it back together and am really pleased with my repair work.
The radio came from a very wealthy estate but I'm sure that the family that survived the owners passed it up because you were unable to change stations.
I restore vintage radios as a hobby and have many consoles, table top, bread box, casket ( Atwater Kent) , and many other radios. This one will not only be added to my collection but, I will use it on my bedroom entable!

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