Nope, I was solo.
Its not like I was in class B PHX
airspace or anything. I was just in the pattern doing touch and gos. But, after I did 3 or so, I was climbing out and ATC gave me a traffic call out. I replied back to them, but when I did my transmission sounded funny to me. A couple seconds later, they gave me the exact same traffic call out. I again replied him in sight. Again, they came back with "How do you read". I called back "Loud and clear". They still didnt hear me.
So, I fumbled around in the cockpit with the radios. Switched from #1 to #2, and called them up. Still no response. Fumbled around some more with the buttons. Nothings working. I am able to recieve fine, but I just cant transmit. At this point, I am on downwind with an IFR jet inbound to the same runway. This being my first problem I have ever encountered solo, I wasnt quit sure what to do with the situation. I mean, I was closed traffic, so they knew what my intentions were. And because of that, I wasnt sure whether I should squawk 7600 or not. Would it have helped the situation? I figured they knew that I had a radio problem because I complied with all the instructions they gave me, just without giving a reply to them, and they never again asked if I could hear them.
So, I just finished the pattern, they gave me clearance to land, I landed, pulled off the runway, and hoped I could make contact with ground. I tried once, twice, 3 times, no contact. 4th time, it worked, and I got clearance to taxi back to westwind.
But, again, being stucks in the pattern at the 2nd busiest airport in AZ
without the ability to talk was not the most peaceful moment of my life, and it is currently the only problem I have ever encountered whil flying solo.
Sure, it wasnt that big of a deal, I wasnt more 3 miles from the airport at any time, but my fear of pissing of an ATC'er by doing somthing they didnt know I was doing kept me on the edge of my seat.
But, I recently flew 96736 again, and it had new push to talk buttons, so I hope that plane wont give me that problem again.