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Realistic trc-216 i have an two older hand held 40 channel citizens band transceiver and was wondering why neither of them will pick up anything except ststic

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  • dpkelly08 Mar 29, 2009

    I've had a TRC-216 in my entertainment center for 10 years and just turned it on and all I'm getting is static.I tried to check the batteries, energizers with those side power check features. I got no response from the batteries. I don't think they're too pleased with me, leaving them in the radio for all those years and only now turning them on and expecting them to work. I get a low static sound from the radio and did several radio checks on Channel 19 and got no response.

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Have you installed the antennas correctly?

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If the squelch is set correctly then perhaps it is the lack of the frequency being used.

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