Recently I noticed signal degradation on my 396T, area's where there is no doubt i should be getting 5 bars of strength and I'm getting 2-3. When I looked further into it i came to find out this was being caused by the actual connection between antenna and scanner, if i loosened antenna a bit (enough to actually fit a finger nail between antenna and rim) it'd go back to 5 bars, further testing revealed that applying an SLIGHT pressure on antenna back killed signal almost completely, but slight pressure forward kept it at max. As if the connection was strong on one side but almost gone on other. I eventually found solution by using a rubber washer to maintain the finger nail gap in connector while still allowing it fit snug and not loose. I've inspected again and again and i can't find any reason why there are problems though. Metal contact is good, both antenna and connector. Nothing is stripped or anything. have never tampered or messed with it in any way...I'm hoping it's not too expensive to fix. Was kind of wondering on any input or recommendations. Have owned for a year now. Got when very first came out. Has been in uniden repair once for silk screen and audio popping distortions (they never fixed the audio problems btw, grr).