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Stupid radio, stupid question. (stupid owner?)
Our boat has an older Sony pull-out marine radio (am/fm/cass).
It stopped working about a week after we bought it and has been intermittent since. When it works, it works fine, but it never works when you want it too.
I find electricity to be like french. I can understand it if I try really hard, but it does not come naturally.
Back to my stupid question: Is it an internal radio problem or an external wiring issue.
It turns on, but has no FM output, cannot find and lock onto a station.
On AM, it is mostly static but with a few stations are clear, but cannot lock onto a station when in search mode and will hunt all day(same as FM).
I had originally thought it to be an antenna issue but unplugging the antenna connector results in AM totally cutting out which makes me think that the antenna wiring is sound.
The rest of the wiring appears to be okay, no obvious broken wires, no bared wires, no corrosion, .....
Then, while trying to listen to the play-offs, I flipped on the battery charging circuit, and the radio cut-out.
Needless to say, this scared me.
Up until the battery charger incident, I had assumed it was an internal radio issue, now I am not so sure.
For the record, since we bought it, no new electrical equipment has been added, no wiring work has been done, said charger is original and functions as it should, other than the radio interference issue.
The only other electrical issue we have is the water heater will not function on shore power, breaker trips right away, I will, for the moment, assume that is an unrelated issue.
The radio is on the upgrade list but I prefer, where possible, to fix existing problems before replacing equipment.