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APX7000 Fail 001

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Yesterday I reprogrammed my APX7000 VHF/UHF R2 and added a few channels. Later that evening I got the Fail 001 message on my radio. I turned it off and turned it back on and could not reproduce the problem and the error only occurred on a VHF channel. It is recently aligned and works totally fine other then the volume knob being funky some days.

Should I just ignore the fail error code and see if it happens again? Rewrite the codeplug to the radio?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Yesterday I reprogrammed my APX7000 VHF/UHF R2 and added a few channels. Later that evening I got the Fail 001 message on my radio. I turned it off and turned it back on and could not reproduce the problem and the error only occurred on a VHF channel. It is recently aligned and works totally fine other then the volume knob being funky some days.

Should I just ignore the fail error code and see if it happens again? Rewrite the codeplug to the radio?
If I recall correctly Fail 001 on an APX is VCO unlocked. May have been just a glitch but if it was on a frequency right near the edge of the radio's coverage range it may have unlocked briefly.

Wait awhile to see if it happens again, if so it may need a trip to the shop for alignment.
 

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If I recall correctly Fail 001 on an APX is VCO unlocked. May have been just a glitch but if it was on a frequency right near the edge of the radio's coverage range it may have unlocked briefly.

Wait awhile to see if it happens again, if so it may need a trip to the shop for alignment.
What exactly is VCO unlocked? The freq was right smack dab in the middle of the VHF range... 154.175...
 

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What exactly is VCO unlocked? The freq was right smack dab in the middle of the VHF range... 154.175...
The VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) is a key part of the radio which in conjunction with other parts sets the operating frequency. VCO Unlocked means that the part of the circuit which provides the control voltage is out of whack.

Usually it means the radio needs a trip to the shop for alignment, although it can also be caused by component failure or high temperature. Since your radio appears to be working normally now, my guess is something briefly tipped it over the edge.

If it happens again or continues to happen, take it to the shop.
 
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