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BTECH GMRS PRO antenna no longer removable?


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GMRS noob here. Getting into the hobby and already own a few Tidradio units and a BTECH GMRS PRO. I saw the various YouTube videos and written reviews about this unit before I bought it and remain happy with my purchase. I know several sources say that the antenna is attached with a bit of glue and is removable using only some heat, torque and elbow grease but I haven’t found this to be the case. Does anyone else have any experience with recent units being more tightly secured? Mine have come with considerable amounts of adhesive and don’t seem to want to come off. I gave up trying after I realized that I was just spinning the internal part of the antenna mount and realized that the antenna itself was not actually traveling along the threads at all. Does anyone have a recent unit that has had the same experience?If I am totally missing something here on how to take the duck bill off, I apologize in advance. 

 

Best all!

 

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I had a very early unit and the antenna came right off. Since then I have seen reports ranging from people just needing to give it a rough-twist to get it off to not even being able to get it off with a crowbar and a hammer.

For BTech to get certification for the radio the antenna must be non-removable (because it transmits data).. Once word got out that they were easily removable it looks like BTech upp'd their glue-game.

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Thanks for the feedback. I saw your video on this topic and yeah, my experience is that it’s glued on tighter than all hell. I’d rather not break it and will just leave it be. 
 

Do you think the water and dust proofing gets affected by breaking that glue seal? I don’t see how it can’t be affected. 
 

cheers 

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On 3/25/2024 at 11:57 AM, TheLastBoyScout said:

I purchased my "Pro" after some strong online encouragement from some guy with a jeep.  I was prepared for the long battle of upgrading the antenna only to find that the antenna came off faster than a greased pig.  The radio works great, but in Texas we don't measure distance in "Farrs", we measure distance in Times.

I've driven across Texas more than once and can attest that time in Texas is measured in days, if not months! 🤠

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8 minutes ago, SteveS said:

I've driven across Texas more than once and can attest that time in Texas is measured in days, if not months! 🤠

Interesting statement since it only takes a day to drive from Los Angeles to Dallas Fort Worth  so how can it take days or months to drive across Texas?   

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2 minutes ago, WRXP381 said:

Interesting statement since it only takes a day to drive from Los Angeles to Dallas Fort Worth  so how can it take days or months to drive across Texas?   

It's something called a "joke," a "joke." But thanks for the kind welcome to my first post -- makes me really want to jump into the forums!

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2 minutes ago, SteveS said:

It's something called a "joke," a "joke." But thanks for the kind welcome to my first post -- makes me really want to jump into the forums!

Welcome to the forums. You’ll fit right in.  
 

There is an ignore list. 381 is on it for a few people. I could be too. 

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1 minute ago, SteveS said:

It's something called a "joke," a "joke." But thanks for the kind welcome to my first post -- makes me really want to jump into the forums!

Welcome and feel free to ignore "some people". You will easily be able to spot people who are the helpful and those that want to be first to respond despite having nothing helpful to add. 

 

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