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post #1 of 3 Old Aug 10th, 2007, 2:01 pm Thread Starter
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Question PTT button woes

Well, you guys seem to be having different troubles with the PTT switch than I am.

I don't use my CB all that often, in fact, I have never communicated with anyone on it. However, (it's a 2005 LT), when I took delivery from the dealer, I began perusing this forum. From the talk, it was obvious that there was a problem with the 2005 VOICE II and the BMW CB. Turned out to be the lower cable (from plug on bike to helmet). I talked to dealer about it and they ordered a new (as in this one is supposed to work) lower cable for me and then charged me $29.00 plus tax for it. I didn't complain at the time, but should have.

A couple of days ago, while taking a ride north to Beemers & More in Ft Collins, CO, I turned the CB on (to see if I might hear the reason for a massive traffic jam on I25). I listened for awhile on ch 19 and there was some voice traffic, but no news for me, so I switched to the weather channels, listened to a couple of weather reports and then switched back to ch 19 to see if I could communicate with anyone. Imagine my surprise when the PTT button didn't cause anything to happen.

PTT just didn't work. When I first got my LT, I would occasionally be listening to the radio and while shifting, the radio would mute and static in the earphones, as if the mike had been keyed. I finally noticed that I was hitting the PTT button when shifting. Duh! Modified my grip to eliminate that.

Back to the problem. PTT button when depressed, does nothing. (Kinda like me ).

What is the most common problem area with the cable as it goes to the VOICE II unit from the standard left handle bar mounting? I hate the idea of removing all the tupperware (I've never done it) just to look at this stupid cable.

Help!!!

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The first thing I'd try is to remove the rubber boot at the back of the PTT switch and then with the CB on, your helmet plugged in, direct connect the two wires you removed. If you are transmitting - you can see a transmit bar on the CB and your music should cut out, then the switch was defective and needs to be replaced. If not, well, I'm afraid you or your dealer will be removing the plastic to see what is causing the problem. The next most likely culprit is the connector under the left side of the stingray. Clean and reseat that and while you are in there, clean and reseat the round DIN connector for the CB unit. If that still doesn't work, let us know.

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The first thing I'd try is to remove the rubber boot at the back of the PTT switch and then with the CB on, your helmet plugged in, direct connect the two wires you removed. If you are transmitting - you can see a transmit bar on the CB and your music should cut out, then the switch was defective and needs to be replaced. If not, well, I'm afraid you or your dealer will be removing the plastic to see what is causing the problem. The next most likely culprit is the connector under the left side of the stingray. Clean and reseat that and while you are in there, clean and reseat the round DIN connector for the CB unit. If that still doesn't work, let us know.
Thanks for the speedy response. Good suggestions. I'll be trying them next week on a vacation day. Getting ready for a trip to Yellowstone and trying to get everything shipshape before leaving.

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