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Old 06-09-2012
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Re: VHF antenna issues?

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One of those "emergency" antennas does make for a real quick and simple way to find out if the problem is in your radio, or your cable and antenna. Worth stowing away because masthead antennas eventually DO fail and then the spare is priceless.
If the problem is with the radio, call Standard Horizon. They're on the very short list of companies that go the extra mile, every time, for every customer. If they can't find some setting to change, they'll ask you to send it in, and the odds are it is worth repairing.
If the problem IS in the antenna or cabling, then an SWR meter and a multimeter will be needed to do some testing and figure out what's wrong. Sometimes even new equipment is DOA. Sometimes even the solderless patent coax fittings simply don't install properly.
Easiest to use the "emergency" antenna first, and make sure the radio isn't the problem. And of course, you can keep using that while you troubleshoot the rest of it.
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