Radio reception


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Radio reception

Postby wingthing88 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:57 pm



So I've always been reasonably satisfied with the radio on my 88 wing but all of the sudden my reception has gone wonky. I'm still getting the stations it just has a lot of static like am channels. I've checked all my antena connections its all good. Same stations come in fine in my truck. It isn't station specific. Anyone have a clue?



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Re: Radio reception

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:44 pm

I suggest calling Sierra Electronics at 1-800-338-6938.
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Re: Radio reception

Postby wingthing88 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:28 pm

Ok. Thank you. I'm guessing they're familiar with the old gl radios?

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Re: Radio reception

Postby Happytrails » Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:42 pm

wingthing88 wrote:Ok. Thank you. I'm guessing they're familiar with the old gl radios?


Yes they are. It could be a radio problem but have you checked your antenna cable running to the antenna? Maybe something was rubbing and finally wore thru the cable.
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Re: Radio reception

Postby wingthing88 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:30 pm

I have checked all my connections but plan on doing so again this weekend. I can't help thinking it is a connection because it was fine until I changed the rear tire last weekend. I've had the seat off twice and found nothing ohmed the ant. cable no short to ground and continuity where it belongs so I'll pull the radio next

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Re: Radio reception

Postby Happytrails » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:55 pm

Maybe try some CRC contact cleaner. Its excellent stuff and easy to find and not expensive. Or maybe you already use it. Maybe a loose ground? There is that one right underneath the shelter. Just tossing out ideas. Sierra could probably fix it but It could be something simpler.
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Re: Radio reception

Postby Wayne » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:23 pm

If the AM is working then the antenna is fine. these older units have caps in the fm tuner pack that go bad and makes the radio seem to go off frequency. Give Jeff at Sierra a call and he will tell what to check. 800 338 6938

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Re: Radio reception

Postby wingthing88 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:41 pm

Thanks guys. I never thought to check AM. It's on the list now.

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Re: Radio reception

Postby hugger-4641 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:36 am

I would also double check that you didn't accidentally plug the CB antenna into the radio coax. They are identical and can be cross connected. I did this once when I changed my rear tire and had the same problem you are having, but I knew it was something I had done because I was listening to the radio right before I unplugged everything and it was fine.




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