Thanks for somewhat clarifying...but you haven't really given us much (haven't answered Paul's questions...)
My first guess (can't do more than that, because we have no info to base our thoughts on) is bad radio....second guess is, bad coaxial cable / connectors....third guess, bad antenna
(Usually these things turn out to be a combination of all 3...but bad cable/connectors still reigns as the #1 problem!!)
Originally Posted by junojoe
Others boats can hear when I transmit, but I cannot hear when they call back. The only thing I can pick up is the weather channels which come thru very clearly. I have adjusted the squelch and still nothing
1) First and foremost, where are you located?? (US, UK, EU, Aus, Japan
, etc. etc. St. Augustine, Annapolis
, Los Angeles, etc. etc.)
Going to assume US, as you mention "weather reception", but where???
Where is your boat
??? (marina, mooring
, house, etc. etc.)
Going to assume marina??
Where do you sail??? (Chpk Bay, San Fran, Bahamas
, New Zealand
, Eastern Med, etc. etc.)
Have you tested this only in marina? only at sea? both?
Have you tested with more than one "other boat", and at more than one location??
Have you tried SeaTow's Automated Radio Check system?? (in the US ONLY)
Have you tested this radio system with everything else on-board turned off/disconnected?? And done so when away from other boats??
Do you have any LED light fixtures near the VHF antenna
, near its coaxial cabling, or near the VHF radio itself?? (are these "new", and/or "internet-sourced" / "made-in-China")
What radio do you have??
How old is it??
Have you personally ever used it and had it work perfectly?? (someone else telling you so, is not what I'm asking) And, when was that?
When was the last time the radio worked perfectly??
are you sailing??? Sail or power?? Size, year, etc.??
Where is you VHF antenna located??? Mast
What type of antenna is it?? Brand, model, size, etc.
How old is it??
How long of run is the coax cable between radio and antenna???
What type/size is this coax cable??
How old is this cable and connectors??
Are there any splices in this cable?? Including connectors at the mast
step in the bilge
Have you checked the integrity of all of the coax connectors??
How far away are you from these "weather stations"??
How far away are these "other boats"??
Can you hear the guy on the boat in the slip next to you??
If not, buy a new radio...new antenna...and all new coax and connectors (and do NOT use the crappy "Shakespeare" connectors!)
If you can answer all of the above, completely....and with as much detail as possible...we should be able to help you out....
But, without that info....well, it's all going to be guessing!
BTW, if your radio, coaxial cable/connectors, and antenna, are more than 8 - 10 years old, and you're in the US....just pony-up and buy a new radio, new cable/connectors, and new antenna....and either keep the old as spares, or determine what parts
of them work, and sell that on Criagslist!
You'll probably be out a net couple hundred at best...and you'll have reliable VHF comms!
I hope this helps...