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VX-2200 VHF: unable to open repeater channels

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Jan 16, 2017
Relatively (but not altogether) new to the world of programming VHF radios.

I have a VX-2200 that I have set up for a number of direct channels and a few repeater channels. It seems like the radio is unable to open the repeater channels.

Direct TX and RX works great. For the repeater channels, when I transmit from the VX-2200, I see the Transmit LED go on, but I can hear nothing on another radio listening to the repeater, until I release the PTT button the VX-2200. Then I get a short burst of sub-second noise.

I know that the RX and TX frequencies and codes are programmed correctly on the VX-2200 (I have identical settings on my other radios which work for both TX and RX, and I have double and triple checked).

I can RX the repeater channel fine on the VX-2200, so I know I haven't mixed up the TX and RX columns. :)

I have the identical behavior on all repeaters I have tried.

Any idea what I might be missing?


Premium Subscriber
May 27, 2015
Hot Springs, AR
You are experiencing the same thing that's been discussed here numerous times over the years. Your receiving radio's front end is being "desensed," that is too much signal input is swamping the front end.

The fact that you can hear the repeater's squelch tail indicates that you are in fact reaching the repeater.
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