Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Spotsylvania, VA, USA
Autocom PTT problems
I am having problems with my Autocom and I'm 99% sure its the PTT switch. The unit itself is mounted under the seat of my 1150GS and I'm running a Yaesu VX6R ham radio with it.
Since first installing the Autocom, I had great audio reports when talking into a local 2 meter repeater. My only problem was that wind noise would occasionally trip the repeater. Any sneeze or cough did the same. I decided that I needed a PTT switch to prevent this.
After installation, the audio reports were not quite as glowing. Many complained of excessive "static" in my signal. It may or may not have been ignition noise. I added ferrite beads to my antenna line, the power cable for the transceiver and the main Autocom line running to the radio.
Over the past couple of weeks, the static got worse. People could not hear me when I was in places that I could be heard from recently.
Last night, the PTT switch just stopped working. I took it out of line and went back to the direct connection from the Autocom to the transceiver. My audio reports went back to "wow! great audio".
Obviously, I need to fix the switch, but once that is done, I need to figure out why there is so much more noise in my transmissions. Any ideas? Do I need to add ferrite beads on the PTT extensions? I'd appreciate any help.