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No power radio meter light comes on but no tx or channel lights and there is no sound if you tap the back side it will sometimes power up

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First is check to see if SSB transmits or not==if it does the AM regulator on side wall of radio is bad.

Second with a meter and no power on--test the driver and final for shorts or open.

If one is bad replace both.

let me know what you find.

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The power is on, however, when I use the mic and speak the "needle" doesn't move, I have tried different mics. Also, the sound coming from the radio is also very soft.

When you say the sound coming from the radio is very soft, are you talking about talk back? if so, you want that soft. If you are talking about reception then just get an external speaker.

If the radio is working, and transmitting ok, the meter is not important.

You may want to get an external meter to make sure SWR's are good.

If it is not transmitting at all, there could be a real problem and the radio needs a tech.

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Initially, pls check/clean your antenna, mount, coaxial cable, RF connector, power leads, grounding straps.

Based on your post description, a couple of ideas:
1. Since you receive OK, chances are the antenna/cable is good. You verify though with an SWR meter;
2. Since TX light comes on, looks like the mic, PTT and coiled cord are all OK;
3. All else works but no one can hear you, you have no power output. Use an RF wattmeter with dummy load to verify that you are pushing at least 25 watts. In the absence of a power meter, the SWR would also do or even an indication of a significant current flow to the radio ( use an inline ammeter) would indicate power.
As you will note, some specialized instruments are needed. Perhaps your best bet would be to seek the services of a qualified communications technician. TMore often it is the finals or power pack that fails resulting in no TX. In some cases, it is either the RF diode or the power regulator that causes no TX. It may also be worth your while to do a full check over of your antenna system.

Hope this be of some help. Pls post back how things turns up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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