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Range dropped and eventually radio is dead

Radios were great when new. I actually recovered and repaired one that was run over by a car! At some point the range decreased to a few hundred feet so we stopped using them. Recently I got them out to troubleshoot, and they were just plain dead. No corrosion inside, no loose parts. Would like to find someone who is willing to repair them. Not many user-serviceable parts inside, so I wouldn't mind finding someone more qualified.

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Re: Range dropped and eventually radio is dead

There is not much that can be done for this radios, a service Qualified for two way radios will be expensive. Check the battery contacts and verify that all the conections are correct, if one conection is missin the radio wont turn on. Good luck

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Loss of range usually indicates a programming problem, such as having the radios on a near, but not exact frequency; or issues with the antennas. Check your programming and see that the frequencies/PL codes match one another, and that the users are on the same channel as one another when using the radios. Also check the power output setting (if it is visible to you in the programming software). These radios even on low wattage should be able to talk line-of-sight up to 2 mi. However, with VHF any obstacles greatly reduce the range.

If the radios worked fine in the beginning, and are failing now, you have to think back to what might have changed along the way. If you feel no changes have been made by you or the users, then you may have a bad radio in the mix, and it needs repair. (Flat rate usually around $85 USD)

It is doubtful their is anything external effecting the range. If you had radio interference, you'd likely have problems with static, general noise, and your radio's receiver opening up even when no one is transmitting.

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