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Terry responds to the question: Is the Eton E1 a classic?
Mine aren't aging well. The once-pleasant rubberized coating turns to grime and the displays generate enough noise to interfere with your AM (LW, MW and SW) listening.
My response to a Yahoo Groups post about an E1 developing a buzz that could even be heard by other radios:
Both of my E1s now do the same thing, with one buzzing more strongly than the other. I noticed it while listening to the radio and trying to rub the sticky grime of the casing. Other radios buzz if they're placed next to the E1.
The buzzing is at least related to the unfortunate choice of display screens. Perhaps its a worsening of the condition which made using a ferrite antenna impossible.
When listening to the radio with the whip extended, I hear the buzzing. If I collapse the whip fully, it decreases. If I put my hand near the display, the buzzing increases. If I lay my hand on the display, it buzzes like mad.
If I switch to the external antenna jack, the buzzing disappears on one radio while greatly decreasing on the other.
I noticed the same behavior whether using batteries or using the AC adapter, though both the adapters added some mains hum as well.
Apparently, some component is failing in both radios and the RF interference generated by the display screen has been greatly increased, far worse in one radio than the other. Perhaps figuring out some additional component shielding inside the radio would be a temporary fix of moderate difficulty, though it doesn't address the actual problem.
Any ideas or can anyone else confirm this on their radio?
Between the nasty grime and the increased display buzzing, the E1s are not aging well.
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It's a shame some parts of the radio have such appalling quality. Much of it is quite excellent.
Oh well. Back to my worry-free RX320D, which is as good today as when I first fired it up years ago.
August 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM
That's interesting about the rubberized coating turning grimy. The same thing happened to my Eton E-100. I hadn't used it in a few months and when I picked it up aagin the surface was grimy and scuzzy. Nothing seems to be able to clean it up. It's really unpleasant to hold it.
It's odd, becuase I had the radio for 7 or 8 years and all of a suddent this happened.
Ken K. in NJ |
August 21, 2011 at 06:28 AM
I cannot confirm either the grime or an increase in noise. My E1XM is holding up well. I just wish it were still manufactured.
Doug T. |
August 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM
My Eton did the same. The rubber coating literally begins to dissolve. It's ikky and gooey and impossible to clean. Dust and lint stick to it and it gets gross. I tried solvent based GOO GONE and it helped. Available at Home Depot. Great stuff for lots of things but always try a indiscrete spot first. Good luck.
Fish Line Randy |
August 21, 2011 at 08:46 PM
I plan to try Goo Gone, but I'll apply it first to the inside of the flip stand in case it wants to discolor or damage the coating. I read one E1 owner saying he needed an entire replacement casing after destroying his with whatever harsh cleaning chemical he applied to the grime.
I also noticed some stickiness starting on my G5. Eton's rubberized coating: BAD IDEA.
August 21, 2011 at 11:30 PM
My case has turned totally grimey as well. Haven't attempted to clean it. Because:
What bothers me more are the stuck buttons around the display. Turn the unit on, okay. The tuning dial will still tune stations. The volume knob will still control volume. But every other button around the display does not work, as if locked. Pound the timer bar on top a few times, turn the radio off, then back on, and usually the display buttons free up. But only for about a minute. Then they lock up again. Repeat the process to get another minute of normal operation.. Great radio when it works, all except for that display, which is on par with a cheap digital weather station.
What I could do with $400 right now.
August 22, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Those buttons locked up on one of my E1s. I sent it to Drake for a warranty repair, and they replaced a couple integrated circuits and a couple capacitors. Fine so far since then. Perhaps they can fix buzzy displays too, though I'm not inclined to pay for an out-of-warranty repair at present.
Great radio, if you feel like shelling out the bucks to have it fixed again and again.
August 22, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Got one in 2006, by 2008 things were failing one-by-one, and it was babied and never left the house. Didn't bother-dumped it on Ebay with full disclosure of the probs.
August 22, 2011 at 09:12 PM
My Satellit 210 and FRG-7 are both from the 70s. Both are unrestored, with their original electronics, and working well. I so prefer that to the cheap Chinese components in today's radios, that fry for no reason other than being badly made. The E1 has caused me more grief than any other radio I've ever purchased; that shouldn't be included in the purchase price.
August 23, 2011 at 02:08 AM
Tried to find some Goo Gone to use for removing the E1 grime, but wound up with Krud Kutter instead. (Whatever!) Applied a bit to the inside of the flip stand to make sure it didn't stain or melt the plastic - it didn't. Gave the radio a good rub with a liberal anointing of Krud to a towel. The E1 wound up all tacky (still) and impregnated with lint. Used my fingernail to try to scrape off some of the grime. It left streaks and scratches in (apparently) the finish. Re-anointed and rubbed the Hades out of that spot and pieces of glop started rolling off. Underneath was shiny and unscratched plastic, with no gumminess and no inclination to attract lint, dust or detritus.
The lauded Eton Rubberized Coating is simply a micro-thin layer of goo sprayed onto the casing of the radio. Due to moisture it begins breaking down, getting gummy, tacky, sticky and attracting lint. It's a bit of work to remove, and at the end you get a non-sticky, non-gummy and shiny E1. Thanks a lot, Eton/Tecsun!
October 16, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Tropical storm coming thru took my Eton out of the bag.
It is a sticky mess!
WD-40(spray lubricant) and elbow grease works!
Alexandra Ross |
August 26, 2012 at 05:54 AM
I had mine since 2007. You've got to keep it clean all the time otherwise it's grimy and sticky.
I realised I didn't clean mine for a long time today and decided to clean it .
I used a bathroom cleaning chemical (CIF CREAM NATURALS - MULTI SURFACE) from my wife and a wet towel. I rubbed the CIF slowly on the Eton. It took me about an hour but finally it is clean and not sticky to hold anymo
I used an old tooth brush to clean the residue left off of this Cif chemical in the corners and hollow parts.
September 08, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Makes u wonder why they put that sticky crap on them in the first place. Some stupid engineer maybe, huh.
September 08, 2012 at 08:28 AM
A recent post at
showed a good solution for the sticky case covering (91% isopropanol). I tried it on my E1 and it worked great to remove the gunk. My five year old E1 is working great: it is a remarkable radio if you didn't get a lemaon.
Mike M |
December 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I noticed my husband's radio was getting sticky---thought it was grease from cooking but after trying to clean the radio, I realized there was a bigger issue going on. So I tried everything in the house to clean it: 409, soap and water, windex, alcohol, pledge and toothpaste---no luck! It was like a gooy, sticky monster. Then I realized it was a defect in the material. I hope the manufacturer has corrected the problem. My husband got the radio to use since he was incapacitated in bed with MSA; he has passed, but I know he would have been very upset to know the radio was a sticky mess!
Joan cauley |
August 05, 2013 at 03:28 PM
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