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Hey my radio wont recieve when I try to talk to my friends. They can hear what I transmit but I don't get any responses back from them. Any ideas on what the problem is and how I might fix it?

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Here are some things to check.

  • Try a different mic. With out a properly functioning mic, the radio will not go into receive mode.
  • Make sure the RF gain is up all the way.
  • Make sure the squelch is not too high.
  • Make sure the radio is not in PA mode and is on CB mode.
If none of the listed fixes your issue, there may be a more serious problem with the radio. It will need a tech.

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