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No antenna detected

When I turn the radio on I have full reception everytime. Almost 2min exactly everytime after turning on the unit the no antenna detected comes on the screen. I've double checked all connections and the aiming. When I turn it on all is well. Then it just stops and never comes back.

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  • markbrown934 Dec 28, 2008

    I recieved a new radio, and the "no antenna" message popped up immediatley. No matter what I do, it doesn't seem to work. Very frustrating with a new radio!

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Anonymous

I had the same problem and had to return the antenna to radio shack to get a replacement. the guy said that the antenna had a crack in it from the cold weather or water got into the antenna and that is why it malfunctioned.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

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