Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Re: VHF AIS radios
Yes I also physically test the transmission using the Sea Tow automated system. Don't even get me going on VHF 16 "radio check on one-six"
Hey, don't knock it.. "radio check on one-six"
is all we have available over here. You guys don't know how lucky you are.
Agreed. I've done with a propane torch in light air and from a cherry picker. Often it's cheaper for the customer to put the connector on new cable on the ground and pull the new cable through. I won't go up the stick if it's blowing or the boat is where a wake can bounce me around. I've been badly hurt that way and won't do it again.
I had to replace a perfectly good antenna cable last time the stick was out. This bonehead moment
doesn't really fit in the sailing category, but let's just say I will be more careful in future when cutting mast wires to triple-check there is nothing hidden at the back of the loom. "Oh, sh!t" doesn't help afterward..
...anyways, it was a lot easier to make-up the masthead end on the ground and pull it through as you suggest.
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office