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Check your collets on your Baofengs.

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A few riders were gratified that I was recently silenced on the radio- I had some close-proximity communications abilities, but there was clearly something wrong.

Or something right, depending on your unique point of view.

Here's what I discovered: Under the antennas on the Baofengs there's a threaded brass collet around the antenna connector. The collet holds the connector tight to the radio's chassis to minimize transferred antenna movement to the circuit board. That collet can become loose with repeated antenna movement. My collet loosened over time, and it appears the connection of the antenna to the main board of the radio became compromised. 


You may wish to check your own collets to avoid this issue.


Sadly for some, I've replaced the radio and I'm back up and singing better than ever.

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Here's a cool design- to tighten the collet on your Baofeng, just pull the volume control knob straight off.

 

Underneath?

 

The "socket wrench" that perfectly fits the tabs of the collet.

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46 minutes ago, PbdBlue said:

You need one of these

AOER Silver X-Key Repair Tool Destuffing for Two-Way Radio Walkie Talkie Motorola GP-300 GP-88 GP-328 GP-328plus Puxing PX777(PX-777) PX-777plus PX-328 Baofeng UV-5R WOUXUN HYT TYT PUXING Radio https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YS7DQBQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_.XLgEbFEDN848

 



Oooo.

I like tools.

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On 1/11/2020 at 4:27 PM, paulmbowers said:



Oooo.

I like tools.

Well yeah ya do I mean look at all the ones you hang out with on this site (note I too am part of that menagerie of peeps)

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