VHF will transmit but I can't hear anyone

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Maestro
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VHF will transmit but I can't hear anyone

Postby Maestro » Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:37 pm

I have a Uniden Solara fixed-mount VHF radio. It has worked flawlessly since I installed a new Shakespeare antenna 3 years ago.

Now all the sudden, when I turn it on, it lights up but does not make any sounds. I can transmit and others can hear me, but I cannot hear anything back regardless of my vol/squelch settings, etc. NOAA weather channel not doing anything either. It used to beep when I would press buttons to change channel, etc.

Thinking the speaker on the thing is just dead? Any way to fix this or just toss it and get a new one? Sad how few things are fix-able anymore...

Luckily I keep a backup handheld VHF on board...highly recommend this to all!
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Re: VHF will transmit but I can't hear anyone

Postby barkleydave » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:26 pm

My first 12 channel crystal controlled VHF marine radio cost me over 500 bucks in the 70's!

A radio like yours is under $100 bucks and will include DSC feature if you wish to sign up for it and connect to a GPS.

Dump it!

safe boating,
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Re: VHF will transmit but I can't hear anyone

Postby jralbert » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:35 pm

Relatively easy way to make a quick test if you can remove the case and see the speaker connection: Just clip a cheap spkr to the existing leads and see if there's audio. If not, it's a circuit issue and a quick call to the mfr can tell you whether repair is feasible.

Also, if the unit has a connection for an external spkr, try connecting one to that output.

Of course, the advice to get a new one is worth considering because of the new DSC feature would could bail you out of a bad situation one day.
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Re: VHF will transmit but I can't hear anyone

Postby Maestro » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:01 am

Thanks for the feedback! I am liking the idea of plugging the new DSC into the GPS...just purchased a new Garmin last year so the two would probably go together nicely.
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