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TK 3180 Battery Indicater Issue

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JBFretz

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I just purchased a new battery for my TK 3180 radio. When I push the PTT button the battery indicater drops to nothing and then fashes. If I turn the radio off then on it shows full battery. I know the battery is good because I can leave the radio on all day in scan mode and it works fine. It only happens when I push the PTT. Also how can I tell what firmware I have on my radio? Any help with this would great Thank you!!
 

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Low battery detect threshold needs to be calibrated.
There is a LSB out on the issue. It's a simple procedure but it requires an adjustable power supply connected, and the radio has to be put in panel tuning mode to access the settings.
You can tell the firmware version if you have your radio connected to KPG and choose the transceiver information menu option, or if firmware write is enabled in KPG, you can hold the S key and PTT and power up, IIRC.

If you lack the proper tools, I STRONGLY suggest contacting a local dealer. You can hose things up connecting improper power voltages, or messing with settings in panel tune if you aren't familiar with tuning radios.

A shop should charge you for more than 1/4-1/2 hour labor for the procedure.
 

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Thank you very much for the info. I knew somthing crazy was going on. I think my buddy has a adjustable power supply. Would you be able to go into more detail on how to do this procedure? My buddy is very good with electronics and with his help I think we could give this a shot. Thanks again
 

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If MTS cant help ive fixed a couple of them. ill see if i can dig up my copy of the LSB. pm me if you need my contact info.
 
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