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VX-300V Overheating

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hd625b

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I have a VX-3000V that got so hot I could not touch it. This is the first time I turned this radio on. Is this heat normal?
When I began communicating with the radio using CE19D the TX indicator came on and stayed on until I turned the radio off. The power cable did not get warm at all so I'm wondering if something inside the radio might be defective causing the heat.
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Is the radio new-used? If it's used, did you hear it work before you bought it? What are you using for a power supply? Usually radios get hotter when transmitting, were you transmitting before you tried to program it?
 

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The radio is used. I bought it at a police auction for $25. I turned the radio on and pushed the channel button until the radio stopped on the NOAA weather frequency. Other than that no other testing was done. I was using a using a 12 volt lead acid battery for power. I'm going to use a 13.8v regulated power supply if I can determine if the radio is any good.
When I ran the CE19D software and tried to download from the radio the TX indicator came on and that is when I noticed the radio getting hot. I let the radio and PC set for about 30 seconds because it did not look like the software was doing anything. Well, it must have done something because the TX indicator came on and the radio got hot.
I not sure if the the software is supposed to turn the TX indicator on or not.
 

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once you plug in the programming cable with the radio turned on does the TX light come on?? if yes then you need to make sure you have the correct cable for that radio and then turn the radio off before plugging in the cable to the radio
 

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I hooked up the radio this morning, turned it on and it came on for a few seconds and shut down. I opened the case, looking for fuse, and it looks like a diode got burnt near where the power wires are attached to the board. The diode looks burnt and discolored so I think I need to get that repaired.
I have a Belkin F5U409 USB to 9 pin male with a 9 pin to mini USB cable that I use to program my BCD996XT. The Belkin works on the rear 9 pin on the 996XT so I thought it might work on the VX3000.
Thank You all for your help.
I'll get the diode replaced and give it another try.
Thanks.
 
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