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Motorola xts 5000 problem: fluctuating volume

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casio02478

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I am a newbie in the radio world and this is my first post so please dumb it down for me. I was issued a Motorola xts 5000 and now I am having problem with the audio. I wore it on my left hip around the 7-8 o'clock position on my belt in a kydex blade-tech holster. When on the job half of the time I am standing and other half I am sitting in my car. While sitting in the car seat my bodyweight is exerting more pressure on the radio, as it is squashed against the seat. After doing this for about 8 month, the radio volume is now really sensitive, depending how I am sitting and where the radio is situated the volume is either normal or it drops down to barely a whisper. Now I have to squirm around just trying to find the "sweet spot" to have the correct volume level. What is the problem? And how can I fix it? If I can fix it how can prevent it in the future? Please help and any help is greatly appreciated ps I am using a surveillance unit with my radio
 

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Now, I'm just about more ignorant as this new user as I've never strapped one of these on. Is the pastry supposed to help locate the "sweet spot" or keep the volume button from moving when the user is sitting in the unit?

Enquiring reporters want to know.
 

n5ims

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I am a newbie in the radio world and this is my first post so please dumb it down for me. I was issued a Motorola xts 5000 and now I am having problem with the audio. I wore it on my left hip around the 7-8 o'clock position on my belt in a kydex blade-tech holster. When on the job half of the time I am standing and other half I am sitting in my car. While sitting in the car seat my bodyweight is exerting more pressure on the radio, as it is squashed against the seat. After doing this for about 8 month, the radio volume is now really sensitive, depending how I am sitting and where the radio is situated the volume is either normal or it drops down to barely a whisper. Now I have to squirm around just trying to find the "sweet spot" to have the correct volume level. What is the problem? And how can I fix it? If I can fix it how can prevent it in the future? Please help and any help is greatly appreciated ps I am using a surveillance unit with my radio
Contact your agency's radio shop to have the radio repaired. They'll check it out and correctly repair it so it can be reliable during an emergency. If somebody without the proper knowledge and training just fusses with it in an attempt to get it working again, they may do serious damage or cause other issues that will only show up at the worst time possible.

Your issue could be something as simple as a damaged volume control or perhaps more serious as a cracked connector or board. While you only know that the volume is causing issues, there could also be other, more serious, issues as well (say the transmit audio is intermittant when the volume is low as well) that only show up at times. These issues may get worse over time or when the radio is stressed (like squishing it on the seat). You wouldn't want to find out about them during an emergency so it's better to get it serviced now when it's only an apparent minor problem.
 
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