Well the squelch fully mutes all sound even on strong stations . Mainly air band reception. In Australia , seems no AOR service centre .Will bin it soo & avoid AOR .I have been using it for some years so i got used to its quirky set up & use. Many settings but never easy to set up banks of frequencies.
Goofy receiver. Bought mine used, mainly because the price was right. Don't like the squelch action popping, but the size is right and makes for a nice covert package with my acoustic earpiece. I've found the radio can be very picky when the voltage drops, so maybe that is something to consider as well. Definitely replace the capacitor, should not be too big of a deal.