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PostSubject: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSat Mar 28, 2020 12:45 pm

Hello All.

Hoping someone may have an idea whats wrong. The radio is an SS6900N. The problem started a few weeks ago. First on the odd channel everything would go dead, no sound nothing on the meter, flash the mike and it came back to life,,, checked swr was running around the 1:2 1:4 top to bottom,, this got worse with happening on more channels, Now its reached the point where theres nothing on any channel and if I flash the mike everything goes red and it screams at me.
Ive checked the antenna for shorts, continuity and wet ingress, nothing all seems ok, same with the coax...

Im starting to think the radio is at fault,,,, any ideas anyone.

Tom G ( 26cz455)
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSat Mar 28, 2020 6:40 pm

Hello Tom,

I'm glad you found your way in!!

It certainly sounds like a radio fault but there are a couple of things that I would be tempted to do.

Firstly the 6900n is a fairly powerful radio is your power supply up to the job and working alright? I believe they have a warning for that to protect the radio. So check that out.

The other is if you have the programming cable and software you could try resetting the radio, I've done this a few times with my CRE-8900 to sort out quirky behaviour.

If it's still under guarantee I would talk to your supplier before trying a reset.

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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSat Mar 28, 2020 8:20 pm

Hi Gary,

Cheers mate, yes its still under guarantee, bought it from Knights about 5 months ago.
Power supply is fine its a 20/30amp job.
No , no cable or software, had it set at purchase for CB and not messed with it.

I did wonder if it could have been the desk mic im using but its the same with the standard mic to
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSun Mar 29, 2020 7:52 am

Hello Tom,

In which case I would definitely talk to Knights. If it turns out to be something simple let us know for future reference. Good luck!

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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSun Mar 29, 2020 10:08 am

Will do Gary,

If they aint in lockdown,, may not be able if they are close for the duration Lol guess I can get a blanket and set fire to some wet leaves.

Thirds Tom
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSun Mar 29, 2020 8:34 pm

The shop is shut. Check if they would take it in via a parcel courier.
Ring or email Douggie
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeSun Mar 29, 2020 10:09 pm

Thanks Big Tone,

Was going to on Monday, their website said they were continuing with mail order,,,, but that may have been outdated, we will see on Monday.

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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 30, 2020 7:40 pm

Ok ive had a reply from Knights ( bloody fast ) they have never heard of a problem like mine but suggested a re set,,, not sure how I do that but ill keep post the progress. Off now the read the destruction book and try this re set melarky
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 30, 2020 7:48 pm

26cz455 wrote:
Ok ive had a reply from Knights ( bloody fast ) they have never heard of a problem like mine but suggested a re set,,, not sure how I do that but ill keep post the progress. Off now the read the destruction book and try this re set melarky

Hopefully that will get you sorted Tom!!

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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 30, 2020 8:09 pm

Latest update,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ITS WORKING, haven't a clue what was up but the re set sorted it,

LOL so start listening out for another idiot on the air lol

Cheers all Tom 70thirds all
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2020 6:03 am

Nice one Tom!

These modern radios are very software driven so this kind of stuff does happen. I'm glad it's sorted!!

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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2020 9:03 am

Hi Gary.
I may have spoken too soon, managed a few words with Richard over at B/ham airport then nothing again, This morning im going to pull the twig down and start again. My thoughts are that something somewhere down the line is throwing it out of wack,,,,,,, but what, so ill re set again and go one step at a time,,,,,,,,,,,,,, might be time to get the old cobra repaired
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2020 5:31 pm

Oh no! They do have a couple of warnings one for voltage possibly current also I'm not sure and SWR so before you pull the antenna down you might want to double check both.

Do let us know how this goes your experiences could be invaluable to others in the future!

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PostSubject: Re: Problem with an SS6900   Problem with an SS6900 Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2020 9:07 pm

Ive checked v/a that's all ok the swr is another story, it keeps changing anything from 1:1 to 3+ changed the pl295 and it changed again,,,,, im starting to wonder if somehow the coax is breaking up, or are the plugs dodgy, both came from flea bay. Earlier this evening I was having a listen and found a station I could hear well but very quiet and nothing on the meter, flicked around and signal strength was the same on every channel. The meter does move I wont say works as it seems normal in Tx am and ssb but nowt in Rx.
Any idea where I can get coax with a woven screen not wrapped.

3s Tom
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