In parts. Literally. Victim of a failed attempt to perform a MARS/CAP mod. Not disassembled properly before heating up the soldering iron, but ripped apart instead.
Initial damage list:
– damaged flat cable connectors (no way to secure the cable anymore),
– various burned parts on the mainboard,
– Burned PCB traces.
Needless to say, the rig is completely dead.
Most of the burned components are here:
Progress so far:
I managed to construct my own system to secure the flatcable into the connectors. It ain’t pretty, but it will be very reliable. After replacing the capacitors I created a few (scary looking but safe) bypasses to check if the radio would wake up. It did. All I can do now is hoping that there’s no other hidden damage.
I still need to complete the reconstruction of a few burned PCB traces where the ferrite beads need to go. The main problem is that the width of these traces is a fraction of the size of the average 0603 SMD component. There is no room for errors, wish me luck. I’ll need it badly.