My radio won't receive. Help? It literally went dead and I still have the rubber duck antenna
If your radio can't receive unless you hold the MONI button it can mean your squelch is set too tight. Or, it means you can't hear static unless you hold MONI. If it is brand new out of the box I think maybe you mean the latter.
But let's take it a step at a time.
Ideally you don't want to hear static, but you do want to hear signals when they are present.
Your post is vague but I presume that if you let go of MONI then it will transmit. That is normal behavior.
So first, check your squelch setting. The best way to find it is to go through the menu. On handhelds, there is a menu button and you will find it in there. Also on handhelds it is a secondary function of the 0 (zero) button. But my suggestion is to stick with the menu first, and get to know what all you can find in there before using the function keys (which are different by model).
Once you find squelch, try different settings - 0 should make it act as if you were holding the MONI key - no squelch. 2 or 3 should be enough to quiet it down yet allow signals through. 4 or 5 will only let strong signals through.
Set it one step above where you hear static all the time - that will allow it to be at its most sensitive yet still have the static squelch function.
Please allow me to suggest a couple of edits to your question:
Change your title to "My Baofeng UV-5R V2+ radio can't hear anything unless I hold the MONI button"
In your text, you can describe how you can hear things with MONI pressed but can't transmit unless you let go of MONI. Mentioning that you are using the rubber duck indicates both that you have a handheld and that you might wonder if a better antenna would fix the problem, etc., etc. Whatever you think is relevant to your question
(Of course, use the model number of your actual radio)
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