Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recycling the SilverCrest WE-2100 digital dial

The SilverCrest WE-2100 is a cheap portable radio with digital clock available in some shops for a price about 10 euros. In Spain, it have been sold by LIDL. This radio is based on the Sony CXA1691BM circuit and includes a clock/dial digital readout based on the CD3610CR circuit. The radio features FM, MW and SW bands.

Unfortunately, the radio is very bad, very prone to overload on FM and very deaf on HF bands, so it is almost useless. I decided to play with the digital dial just to see if it was usable with other radios or even transceivers.

The dial module has seven wires, with this functions:

VEC: Module power supply. This is the supply for the module. It accepts from 1.8 to 3.3 volts. This line in the radio is directly connected to the batteries. The current drain is 36 uA turned off (clock shown) and 3.75 mA turned on (frequency shown).

GND: Module ground.

VCC: Module power out. This line is labeled in the radio as VC6. When you press the power on button, the module changes from clock to dial and power up this line. This is the line that supply the CXA1691 circuit. I don't know what is its maximum current, so use it with care or use it to drive a switching transistor.

S/W: Selects the intermediate frequency used and therefore, the local oscillator input. See table below for more information.

A/F: Selects the display mode. See table below for more information.

FMOSC: Input for local oscillators used with 10.7 MHz intermediate frequency.

AMOSC: Input for local oscillators used with 455 kHz intermediate frequency.

Logic table

S/W A/F Input used IF Label Display
0 0 FMOSC 10.7 MHz FM
Fin = 174 MHz
0 1 FMOSC 10.7 MHz SW
Fin = 70.24 MHz
1 0 AMOSC 455 kHz SW
Fin = 10.44 MHz
1 1 AMOSC 455 kHz MW
Fin = 9998 kHz
With this information, you should be able to implement this dial to any LF/MF/HF/VHF receiver with IF of 455 kHz or 10.7 MHz.


  • In all cases, local oscillator must be higher than received frequency: Readout = Input minus IF.
  • Logic levels in S/W and A/F inputs are referred to VEC line, so 1 equals to 3 volts if the module is supplied with 3 volts.
  • In the radio, the AMOSC signal input amplitude was 20 mV peak to peak.
  • Both inputs seems to work from zero up to at least 174 MHz.
  • For a logical readout, input must be at least the IF value.
  • In case of frequency overflow, only less significant digits will be shown.
  • The clock alarm just power up the dial, applying a VEC logic 1 to VCC output to turn on the (original) radio.
I wish to thank Dimitri, F4DYT for the idea.

1 comment:

  1. i also own this radio and you are right, it is useless..