Originally Posted by scanman1958
OK This afternoon after many years of service of my 396xt I got an "illegal voltage" message. Any ideas please.
You said "any", right?
I'm very surprised that you're still a free man. The last time I got the "Illegal Voltage" message, only minutes later I received several hang ups on my cell phone followed by a knock on the door. It was 2AM! The agents explained that my voltage was only legal in Alaska, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky - and that I was very clearly in violation. I couldn't argue. They had the evidence right on my scanner.
I was taken downtown along with the scanner, fingerprinted, mug shots taken and finally released on bail. Thanks UPMan! Now that's product support!
I have only seen this message when running the scanner on 12 volts in a vehicle. The message can be easily cleared by either popping out the batteries and starting from scratch, or - appearing briefly before the Minister of Voltage within your own particular jurisdiction. Actually, they're pretty lenient, after all. I am on Voltage Probation for just 12 months. Fingers crossed!
Try new or different batteries, just for fun!
If it continues, head over to Radio Shack. They won’t be able to help you, but at least you’ll get out of the house.
Oh, and never ever charge your batteries in the radio. That alone should save this thread at least 5 or 6 posts… (Battery topics are usually good for at least another 5 posts. Count 'em up!)
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