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Re: Antenna not conecting to radio

I would take it to radio shack. Reason is that you can beat your self up over no signal and sit there and waste time on trying to think I fixed it ALMOST! In fact that is not the solution. Is your antenna catching as it is incerting into the femle connection...slightly snapping in or not? Is it falling out? Either way you may have radio shack test this part for you.

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