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No sound radio recieves and transmit according to meter in radio but no sound thru speaker or external speaker.

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  • scott3696 Mar 05, 2008

    yes i tried other mics and it does transmit fine

  • scott3696 Mar 05, 2008

    everything is attached and switched right i did notice if you lay a finger on a few solder points you can get some sound out of it like a humm and regular audio from another radio talking

  • Dean Dishman May 11, 2010

    Have you tried another mic?Can anyone else hear you ?

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Sound chip may have overheated or gone bad or a capacitor near volume knob..That chip has over 16 prongs and is soldered with a heat sink to one side of chassis..Sucks! Get another radio or have it serviced. Changing parts may be long & studious. May be transistors,Ic chips or capacitors..If you have all the time or solder equipment and parts. desolder blue or black capacitors changing each one(electrolytic +- types) change small black transistors with equal values and resistors near Ic chip and Ic chip(hard to do) it has lots of prongs and heat from solder gun may destroy board or Ic chip(if you have a fine point tip and carefully do it and put it on its heatsink proper with heatsink resin putty(it may work again like new. Bad mics sometimes cause sound to go bad. Audio wires run through mic also. *Change mics* first then look at circuit board..Hope u good luck

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Take off bottom cover and see if the speaker wire came off.make sure its on cb and not on pa and make sure its plugged into the right port

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Cant recieve or output , I bought a new cable and antenna plus a swr meter.


With an antenna connected, volume set to 1/4 from minimum, squelch / RF squelch fully counter-clockwise (or minimum) - do you hear anything from the speaker? If not - plug an earphone / external speaker into the external speaker jack on the rear - any sound? If not, do you see the S/RF meter needle moving (not resting on 0 or 1)? If not - find a channel with activity on as indicated by the S/RF meter first.

Try with another antenna connected if possible, or transmit with another CB radio on the same channel nearby - and try again.

If you aren't able to receive sound (not just static) - or indicated signals on the S/RF meter, the radio *MAY* need to be professionally serviced. Make sure you get an estimate for the work before authorizing - otherwise you may be spending more on a repair than the radio is worth. It is not uncommon to have to pay a diagnostic fee - that most shop will put toward the repair if allowed to do the work.

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I have no sound, even when I key mic. The meter goes up one time and not the next.


This could one or more of the following problems. I'll start with the ones I feel are most likely the cause, but you can check them in which ever order you like.

When the mic is keyed, you should not hear anything from the reciever. The mic's PTT (push to talk) button switches the transciever from recieve mode to transmit mode, if it didn't all you would hear and transmit would be screaching feedback. Also, during the transmit mode, the radio's meter should switch from indicating relative signal strength (or "S" units) to power out where 4 watts AM should indicate full scale deflection of the meter.

This makes me believe that you've got a intermittent connection in the mic circuit. This can be anywhere from inside the mic, mic cord, mic connector and inside the radio - from the mic jack. The cord is supect as it is always being twisted, pulled, stretched and strained under extremes of temperatures and humidity.

You can check the cord by simply replacing it or with a dummy load connected to the antenna, see if keying the mic and shaking the cable makes the power meter jump or bounce. Twist and pull the cord over its entire length - but pay particular attention to the strain relief points near the mic body and connector as these are typical points of failure.

Check contacts inside the mic, between the mic cord and plug, mic plug and mic jack on the radio to be sure there is no oxidation or broken / shorted wires.

There may also be a problem with a blow speaker, which would explain the lack of audio on the reciever. Connect an external speaker to the external speaker jack (if provided) or open the radio to connect a speaker to the one under test.

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I hope this helps you identify the source of the problem - good luck!

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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.

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158edx,no recieve audio


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It must be a bad internal speaker, but also check the external speaker jack for broken solder. Good Luck
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