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with this radio,I would probably go and buy another . It will be cheaper than having someone fix it.give more information about what its doing or not doing and maybe some one will give you the help you need but I would buy a better radio.
-should be tuned, have good coax with no pinches, whip is centered over highest flat metal surface, no metal beside adjacent to whip, power is wired to battery direct, not to ignition or cigg lighter. whip is wiped clean of corrosion, whip is up, longer is better.
Praire City car-to-car: 15-20 km's
Praire Rural car-to-car: four-thirds over the horizon. Probably 60 km's.
Alot further over water.
Less within trees and mountains/valleys.
Google "Ham radio" & "ducting" "inversion" "skip" "sun-spots"
these refer to a condition where a radio signal getting stuck between the upper and lower atmospheres and travel intact for 1000's of km's (canada to mexico for example)