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Cobra 148 gtl

I have purchased two of these radios,when i transmit on lsb everybody says i am distorted an unaudible.I took the first one back.The second one wont transmit on sideband.I use to love the old 148 but the new one is a piece of junk.I called cobra in chicago and talked with customer service.The answer to my problem i recieved was turn the voicelock(clairifier)all the way to the right and the anl off....?WHAT? i believe cobra has a big problem with this radio and wont admit it. Their customer service is less than desired.What can i do to solve this problem?

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Open the radio up and find the L22 Can/Pot. It's the one with the wire soldered on top. With both fine and coarse Claifier/Voice Locks in the 12 O'Clock positions, confirm, then listen for someone that is on the correct frequency and turn this pot (small ferrite core inside) with a small plastic preferred screwdriver, until they sound clear. Do this for USB as well except, the Can/Pot is L59. Don't adjust the VR5 (transmit) unless you need to.

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