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Uniden 980 SSB, Won't Turn Off

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swatpup102

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I purchased a new Uniden 980SSB. Set it all up and got everything set and tuned up, and when I went to turn it off using the volume knob, it clicked but no power off. Stayed on with no volume, all buttons worked, obviously not powering down. To get it off I had to unplug the 3 pin power cord. I am getting a replacement sent to me, but I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem on the 980 SSB. What would cause this other than factory defect unless that's the only thing it could be? Any easy step to take to fix it or check something before doing a full return for replacement?

I am not a radio/electronics expert, more experience overall with PC computer systems, but I'm learning! (And hoping to learn more.)
 

RC286

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switch on the control probably failed closed. This happens when the tiny spring pops loose or breaks.
No easy fix for a beginner.
New potentiometer with a gang-able switch is needed of the correct value.
Probably soldered onto a PCB, and the whole radio would likely have to be near 70% disassembled to reach it.

simple hack job fix would be to open er up and solder the switch permanently closed. drill a hole in the case and wire up a separate switch, or put an inline switch in the cord.

Take it back and get one that works properly
 

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How does the radio perform otherwise? I've been thinking about buying a couple for backup coms during outages.
 

swatpup102

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Returned my first 980SSB and the new one that came in has worked perfect. Has great receive, radio check reports have come in great and no power mic is really needed IMO. The SWR meter built in helped me get it tuned right up in no time. The color modes are cool to get it just right for your eye preference. Weather reception has been pretty good, a little static sometimes but kind of expected with the antenna type. Most reviews I read say people get annoyed with the beep sound it makes when changing channels and using the buttons but it honestly hasn't bothered me at all really.

Paired up with a 4' firestick mounting on my F-150 truck bed rail, hovering around 1.4:1 SWR on a consistent basis. I could move it and get a little better, but it hasn't really been needed to far. I'd recommend it if you are wanting to have a radio to keep stock that has the extra features, probably could spend less and get it tuned better with other models.

Haven't used SSB yet to say anything on how it's doing on that side, mainly monitoring channel 6 and talking on 19. Also using as my just in case backup communications, I think it'll serve well in that capacity.
 

NESN

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Same thing just happened to my 2 year old 980. Problem is it was customized by a CB shop, so with the amount of money I have in it I need to get this one fixed. Anyone else had this problem and had it repaired, or did it themselves? Other than this, I love this radio all the features and performance, though it's not nearly as sensitive as some of my older CBs.
 
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