When you tune to the frequency you are interested in, do you hear "active" static, like lightning
crashes, etc? If so your radio
is getting enough signal strength from your antenna
, but you just aren't in a good place for propagation to deliver a strong signal to you. If, on the other hand, the radio
is just silent, maybe a continuous steady hiss from the speaker, you may need a better antenna
to get the signal into the receiver. A long wire attached to the telescoping antenna (or antenna jack if supplied) and perhaps a ground wire might help.
You should at least be able to hear some activity on 14.300 mHz during the day if your receiver and antenna are up to snuf. From my location, I haven't been able to pick up the nets on any of the lower frequencies even with a sensitive ham radio and decent antenna, though I haven't tried very often.