Repair of Mac TV Dongle

This page details my experimentation with the local Amateur Radio broadcasts.

It discusses the repair of a Mac TV Dongle.


My housemate's EyeTV DTT TV Tuner Stick on his Mac broke. The USB Connector on the dongle detached from the PCB.

The retail cost for the USB dongle is $125. As a result we ordered a replacement USB 4 Pin 4P Male Panel PCB Connector Plug SMT pack of 3 on ebay for $2.

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Using my Weller SP25D soldering iron I inserted the new USB Connector as shown in the photo below.

I had to remove the broken pins ends that were still inserted in to the PCB. I then soldered the 6 pins on the new USB Connector to the PCB. There are 4 signal pins and 2 mounting pins.

Mac TV Dongle Repair

Mac TV Dongle Repair

The TV Dongle is now in working order again and can receive VK3RTV using the EyeTV software package running within OS X.

You will find the DVB-T manual tuning by right clicking on the channels list of EyeTV. Then enter 446500 and select a bandwidth of 7 as shown.

VK3RTV Multiplex manual tuning using EyeTV

VK3RTV Multiplex manual tuning using EyeTV

TIP: If you get Signal "No" then check if VK3RTV is operational. This may be done by checking the website streaming. Otherwise this indicates you do not have a signal from your antenna.

VK3RTV1 on a Mac using EyeTV

VK3RTV1 on a Mac using EyeTV