I read through the other entry's regarding the same problem I am, but I know its not the crystals or battery. As for the step on the private line or what ever, i have no instruction booklet and dont know what any of this means. Please help!!
I also tried to reach Columbia Telecommunications using their website Contact information and the call would not go through. (631) 501-5000 I wonder if they need a "bandwidth" or something and it is no longer available and that's why our units are no longer working. I plan to go to Best Buy to find out why I cannot contact them,...
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Re: transmit no recieve
Mike 2 things are needed to get 2 radios comunicated 1 channel, 2 the Squelch code, if both are the same in each radio (same chaennel and same code Ex. Ch 5 Code 22) the radios must to be comunicated.
Press the menu key to change each of this features
The Squelch code can be PL or DPL, no matter wich one are you using, just need to be the same.
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Three things come to mind:
1) The radio is receiving, hence the light, but you may have a different PL code than the other radio and it is muting the transmission. Check your programming to be certain both radios are programmed alike. The red light indicates activity on your frequency.
2) Your radio may have a problem with the receive side of the radio or a bad speaker.
3) The transmitting radio may have a problem with transmit. This can be a sign of a bad battery. Swap batteries and see if the problem moves to the other radio. If so, replace the battery. (It takes more energy to transmit than to receive, so loss of transmit is common with a bad battery.)
Check your programming, and also check your battery. It will take more energy to transmit than to receive. Sometimes this is simply an indication of a bad battery. If this does not solve the problem, you might want to have your radio serviced. (Current flat rate repair is around $85 at dealers where this model is repaired.)
you should be able to have them tested at parts department at chevy dealership and I dont think they will charge ya. I may be wrong but they can test them.otherwise it could be a unit called a liftgate module is what recieves signal
First off, that radio will not transmit very well anyways. but for just off roading it should suffice. You really should adjust your antenna's both of you. First off this is almost definitely the problem if you can recieve but not send. Also if you use the radio without a properly adjusted antenna it will destroy the radio over time, sometimes instantly. pick up a cheap SWR meter and follow these steps:
Plug the SWR meter into the radio, and the antenna.
Start on channel 1, the meter should have a switch with 2 settings, one for adjustments and one for reading. Key up (hold down talk button on mic) with the switch in adjust mode and adjust the knob until it reaches the adjustment marker.
flip the switch to reading and key up again.
Your goal is to get this reading as close to 1.1 as possible, anything above a 2.0 will damage your radio.
if the reading is within range repeat for channels 20 and 40.
Have you checked that both radios are in the same Channel and the same Squelch Code? are the batteries ok? any rust in the battery contacts?
Some FRS radios gets a Malfuntion, and the syntom is like that, check this first