No, those radios are good radios. I have one just for setting swrs on antennas.
First, I went back and read your last question. You said you have a nylon washer on top AND bottom? Did you mean one under on the top and bottom side of the antenna mount? You only need theone on the top of the antenna mount, which stops the antenna itself from being grounded out. Having one on the underside stops the outter part of the stud, the one that touches the outer screw on part of the coax from being grounded. Without that getting a good ground, you have no groundplane, which will cut your tx/rx to a max of 2 miles. Also, how close is the two setups. Many times, if two vehicles are setting next to each other, you will not receive or transmit properly, just get a nasty garbled with a hint of a squeal.
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