8364Re: [BCD396XT] BCD 396XT No longer hears New York State Electric & Gas
- Sep 23, 2013Unless the outside antenna is providing enough
signal strength to overcome a damaged front end.
I would start by testing the sensitivity
if a signal generator is available.
Also check the pin on the antenna (just in case).
Robert Marshall wrote:
> If your outside antenna works fine then you should be looking at the
> antenna on the unit, since both signals went thru the same SMA
> connector. Maybe you could borrow one to check it out before tearing
> into your radio.
> *From:* Robert Arenella <rja12@...>
> *To:* BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com
> *Sent:* Monday, September 23, 2013 9:20 AM
> *Subject:* [BCD396XT] BCD 396XT No longer hears New York State Electric
> & Gas
> Posted this to RR forum, but would like more opinions. I recently
> noticed that my 396XT no longer hears New York State Electric & Gas
> (NYSEG). I see 3 or 4 bars on the signal strength indicator, so it is
> hearing the CC's. No problem hearing them on my HP-1, 996T or my PSR800.
> Two or three weeks ago, I noticed that the SMA connector was a bit
> loose. I have the proper tool for those nuts and snugged it up. Using
> ARC XT, I deleted the system, then imported it from Radio Reference.
> Still no joy. As per the suggestion from a RR member, I downloaded
> Freescan and tried again, without success.
> I finally decided to try my outdoor antenna. It's an Austin Ferret
> fed with LMR400UF into a Stridesburg Multi Coupler. VOILA!! now it was
> hearing NYSEG as it always did. Then I remembered the loose SMA connector.
> I opened up the scanner to take a look. With good lighting and
> plenty of magnification, I still couldn't see much, but didn't see
> anything obvious at the connector. I'm going to remove the SMA nut and
> that should let me separate the smaller PCB board from the larger one,
> and provide a clear view of the SMA connector and what it's connected
> to. Hopefully an easy fix and I can avoid a round trip to Texas. Sure
> hope it's not a cooked FET in the front end.
> Anyone ever experience a problem like this with a 396XT?
> Bob Arenella
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