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Tracker IV with broken on/off switch.:stretcher:
Posted by: Mike Hillis
Date: November 22, 2016 11:21AM
Hi Guys,

I have a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV that has a broken On/Off/Gain switch. The potentiometer has two connector "cards" I guess you'd call them, where the leads are that connect to the PCB, and the front "card" next to the faceplate has broken away from the pot. The result is the inability to turn the detector on or off unless you hold the pot closed, and even then it generates constant static, so it needs to be replaced. (The constant static is what caused me to trouble shoot it).

I called BH to see if I could just buy the pot but was told no and the factory repair cost on this inexpensive unit isn't attractive. Hate to toss it for the lack of a five dollar part.

I'll de-solder the pot this weekend and see if I can find a marking on the panel side to help me purchase a replacement, but thought I would ask on here too just in case someone knew the answer.

Thanks,
HH
Mike

PS...the PCB looks good. Surface mounted components, effective use of space.



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Re: Tracker IV with broken on/off switch.:stretcher:
Posted by: slingshot
Date: November 27, 2016 03:05PM
Dang! I'll have to look through all my Tracker parts ( I know- I shoulda left them alone). Loved that detector (except for the dual battery part). I moved and don't know where I put them-yet! Just had my last one STOLEN couple of months ago. The thief resold it to a guy and his son whom I spotted using it- I messed with the g/b pot and lost the screws to the faceplate and replaced them with aluminum ones (easier to spot than the black ones) I told him, but the look on his son's face made me drop the issue.

All better now. :detecting:
Posted by: Mike Hillis
Date: December 11, 2016 11:38AM
A kind gentleman at the factory saw my post and knew I had the skill set to make the repair on my own so he sent me the part. I did the repair last night and now I'm good as gold again. My little buddy is back!

I have a special feeling for the Tracker IV. It was my very first metal detector and I learned alot using it. I still enjoy swinging it every so often.

HH
Mike



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Re: All better now. :detecting:
Posted by: slingshot
Date: December 12, 2016 10:11AM
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Mike Hillis
A kind gentleman at the factory saw my post and knew I had the skill set to make the repair on my own so he sent me the part. I did the repair last night and now I'm good as gold again. My little buddy is back!

I have a special feeling for the Tracker IV. It was my very first metal detector and I learned alot using it. I still enjoy swinging it every so often.

HH
Mike
May have to get another one. I got used to the tones so much I instantly knew the approximate identity of the target.

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