Ok== today I picked up an emergency antenna and guess what-- I can both receive and transmit. Before I made the purchace I checked the wiring from the radio to the base of the mast and it was ok. Next I checked for resistance at the base of the mast and it was open. I guess it is either the cable in the mast,the connection,or the antenna. So I guess up the mast I go.
Thanks for the help guys.
P.S. after figureing that out today I went and did my first single handed attempt at flying the spin. What a blast that was.