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Midland 79-290 won't power on

Radio is in excellent condition, ran and checked power wires with good continuity through the system, 12.5 volts. When you turn the power knob on, nothing happens. I tried shorting out the faceplate thinking that might be the problem, however, this did not solve the problem. I saw this has an internal battery for memory preset retention, which the manual said has to take up to 36 hours for it to charge. The radio has not been connected to power for quite awhile, does this have anything to do with the problem? Does this internal battery have anything to do with powering on? Any advice and solutions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Try to run a ground cable from the radio case (i.e. from the screw in the hagging bracket) to the ground terminal of your power supply!

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All the battery does is hold your presets...radio should run fine with no battery at all...just annoying when you turn if off and all presets are gone.

Sounds like your off-on switch may be gummed up from sitting too long.

Have no idea what you mean by "shorting out the faceplate", that really doesn't sound too good!

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