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Midland model 1000

Cannot hear any noise at all, when you turn the radio on, even when you turn the squelch wide open. Made sure the unit is on the CB and not PA mode. I know it transmits , because I can hear him talking to me on my base station but he cannot hear me talking to him. ANY IDEAS ?

Midland model 1000 40 channel CB

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  • hwilliams946 Nov 21, 2008

    Thanks for the information. I have to borrow a Midland mic from some to check to see if this solves the problem , because the other radio is a five pin Cobra.

  • hwilliams946 Nov 27, 2008

    Purchased a new mic and still have the same problem. Say for example, you're on channel 19 the lights on the radio bar scale are all lit up as theres plenty of action on 19 But that is all . You SEE but heare NOTHING This radio is so inexpensive , It would cost more for a tech to fix it than the radio is worth. THANKS any way

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Turn squelch all the way off , if you still get nothing you have a bad mic

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