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Baofeng UV-5R Receive Audio / Service?

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kg4edy

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Last night I was using my Baofeng UV-5R to call our local net. The unit was in use for approximately 40 minutes. Toward the end, the receive audio started to sound tinny, and there were drop outs every few seconds. At one point the audio dropped out completely, though the LED indicated it was still receiving a signal. I took the extended capacity battery off and the inside of the radio felt hot. Understandable given it was a longer than average net. I left the battery off for about two hours and let both halves cool down. Upon powering up, the two meter receive audio still sounds tinny. Receive audio from a local UHF commercial station sounds fine.

I purchased the radio nearly two years ago from Amazon.com. I realize these units were never meant to be a high end model replacement, but I was wondering if any other UV-5R users have experienced similar issues. Can anyone point me to a service center? The two I've contacted so far will only service the unit if I purchased it from them.
 
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