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Baofeng UV-B5 Broken channel knob.

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Oct 23, 2010
GALAXY 19 91.0° W
I been using my b5 for a month now and I've loved it. Today randomly the channel knob doesn't work it will switch from channel 1 and then back to 2 as many times as I turn it. Oddly enough it only switches two channels. This is the same when I go to 3 or another. I noticed it when I was listening to fm radio I would turn from 103.9 to freq channel all it does when I turn it is got to 104.0 then back to 103.9 it only goes back and forth. If I spin it really fast it may change the channel again. It's just stuck alternating. I think it's something internally. I reset it and it didn't work. I'm not really bothered about it because the keypad is faster. And It's what I would expect from a Chinese handheld but it was worth the 35 dollars I payed for it. I would just like to make this issue known.
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