The radio works fine in a 500ft radius,after that no one can hear me nor can i hear them.I have tried new antena,new power source,new mic.have checked volts to power supply and it checks out good@13 volts.My antena is magnetic mount and it is on the roof of my 2004 one ton truck.If i turn my squelch wide open it is very quiet,when someone is parked beside me and they have a C B radio in their vehicle i hear their skip on their radio but not mine.Any suggestions would be great
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Re: Radio recieving and putting very poor.
Just because its a magnet mount doesn't mean its a 100%. I've sold 4 little wheels made by wilson in the past 2 months and they had a ground problem. If you grab the base of the antenna does it give you more squesh? If so it has a ground problem. Have you had that antenna matched to you truck if not that could be your problem. You need to have your SWR checked on your antenna.
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Bill, If the crackling and static are coming from the radio, it could mean 1) Something in your environment is putting out RF (radio frequency waves). 2) You have an old battery. 3) You are at the edge of the radio's range. 4) You have a bad speaker in the radio.
Possible solutions for you could be: 1) Have the radios reprogrammed to have Private Line (PL). This would block out RF noise on your frequency. Also, within the factory if there are devices putting out RF noise, there may be some solutions for them. 2) Replace old batteries. (Try a known good battery and see if it helps.) 3) Check to see if you have the same problem when radios are within a closer range. If it is a range problem, education yourself and other users to hold the radio upright (perpendicular) to the ground. You will get the best range. Tilting the radio can reduce range as much as 2/3s. Even the bodyfluid of a person wearing the radio can absorb range. 4) See if you have the same problem with another radio, or if the crackling static is just with the one radio. It may need repaired.
Another solution for you might be a noise canceling remote speaker mic. This would put the speaker of the radio up on your lapel. And these mics also have some noise/wind canceling ability.
There are a few programming things you could have your local dealer try. They may be able to tighten up the squelch and knock out some of the noise.
Check the squelch on your radio thats not recieving. If there is a monitor button ( when pushed you will hear static) try pushing it.. then get someone to call you so you can check if you can hear them.
On these radios you have 2 types of squelch....1 is called carrier squelch.... it basically opens when there is a strong enough signal. This lets you only hear strong signals and "squelch out" the distant ones and background static.
The2nd. is "tone squelch" ... with your radio they are often called privacy tones. If you have 2 radios set with the same privacy tones you will only be able to hear each other... only radios that are transmitting with that privacy tone will be heard on your radio. Its a high frequency tone that can't be hear by the human ear that gets "embeded" with the transmitting signal. The recieving radio hears it and opens the squelch.
So... if the radio thats rxing (recieving)your signal has its squelch set for just carrier squelch it will hear any signal thats strong enough to break the squech open.... basicaly any radio within a certain range. But if your radio (one with problem) has its squelch set for privacy tones you will not hear any other radios except the ones set with the same privacy tone.... the squelch will not open until it gets a tx signal with the right tone.... so if the txing (transmitting) radio is not using tone squelch but is using carrier squelch.... and the rxing radio is set for tone squelch... the rxing radio will not hear it.
With tone (privacy tones/codes) squelch you need a tone to open the squelch and then the audio can be heard... with carrier squelch the squelch will open if ANY radio is within a certain range.
Check the squelch setting on the problem radio... it could have a privacy tone set. Try pushing in the monitor button so you can hear static ( you want to hear everything including static) on both radios... tx on one radio at a time and listen if it can be heard on the other with the monitor button pushed.
If you can't hear any audio when the broken one is transmitting then it COULD be the mic.... if you can hear both radios with the monitor button activated than the radios are txing and have tx audio and are working... if thats the case its the privacy tones that are the problem.