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Narrowband Issue with VX 824

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Aug 15, 2007
So I have a few (3) VX 824-G7-5 that are doing some odd things when I program them into narrowband. The radios worked fine in wideband and are part of a larger grouping of radios 45+ all same model. When I program the radios into narrow they tx fine but they do not rx at all, they rx nothing. The signal strength indicator remains at 0 and the LED blinks green indicating a busy channel which I know not to be true. If I change to 25 or 20 spacing it works just fine both tx and rx. The only change being made to the radio is the narrowband. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
Jun 12, 2013
Milford, MA
I know this is an old thread, but I fixed a similar problem by re-doing the deviation on the PL/DPL side of things... radio was not decoding.. therefore light blinking... but no audio circuit opens up....dt
Nov 4, 2013
Borden, IN
Verify by setting one of the side buttons to Monitor and then check the radio for RX audio, with monitor enabled. Most common issue with the VX-820 units, they are not transmitting the TPL or DPL code properly, especially when using a external microphone.

Current firmware v1.98

This is still an open complaint with VS engineering.
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