Michael (N4TMI) sent me an e-mail on January 21, 2008 with a pointer to the following information which he wrote.

Sony ICF-2010 headphone jack repair

The headphone jack in my Sony ICF-2010 recently disintegrated into a pile of plastic shards, and it's an unusual type; the replacement is no longer available, even from Sony. So I worked out how to use a more widely available jack. Here's what's involved.

  1. Desolder the old headphone jack. It attaches to the PC board in 4 places. Connect the upper two of these together so there will be sound in the speaker. (By the upper two, I mean the two nearer the top of the radio, not connected to resistors. No harm will result if you connect the wrong ones temporarily.)
  2. If you don't want a headphone jack, you can leave it at that. Otherwise, get a modern "closed-circuit" headphone jack such as Radio Shack 274-246 or Mouser 161-3504.

You will find that you can mount this in the hole left by the original headphone jack; you'll attach it to the enclosure rather than the circuit board, of course, and orient it so its connection terminals are down, toward the front of the radio and away from the circuit board.

Wire it as follows:

Wiring diagram for ICF-2010 headphone jack

Headphone jack wiring

That is, at the speaker, find the white and black wires and interrupt the white one, then proceed as shown in the diagram. The 15-ohm resistor is a trick of mine: it lets you connect stereo headphones and hear sound in both ears, but at the same time, you can use mono headphones without shorting out the audio signal. Admittedly, the volume in the two ears is not equal; the right ear gets more sound, but the difference is not large.

One more note: If your Sony ICF-2010 goes dead while you're working on it and won't turn on, but its front panel clock is still running, you may have simply hung its computer. The cure is to remove all the batteries and let the computer reset. If you've installed a memory backup capacitor (as I have), you must discharge it.