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Might a corroded antenna connection(s). VHF radios are really tough, and most of those on sail boats are not exposed to the elements like those aboard power boats. Consequently, they seem to last forever. Use a multimeter and check the connections before shelling out the money for a new one. I though mine dropped dead while at the rendezvous, stopped at west marine and picked up a new one today. While removing the old one the radio suddenly came to life. Turned out to be a corroded crimp connection on the negative power line. I removed both crimps, soldered and heat shrinked the connections, and my 15-year-old VHF still works like a champ.

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Gary :cool:
 

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Might a corroded antenna connection(s). VHF radios are really tough, and most of those on sail boats are not exposed to the elements like those aboard power boats. Consequently, they seem to last forever. Use a multimeter and check the connections before shelling out the money for a new one. I though mine dropped dead while at the rendezvous, stopped at west marine and picked up a new one today. While removing the old one the radio suddenly came to life. Turned out to be a corroded crimp connection on the negative power line. I removed both crimps, soldered and heat shrinked the connections, and my 15-year-old VHF still works like a champ.

Good Luck,

Gary :cool:
I do admit that I suspect an antenna connection. It has been on my 'check out' list for some time.

But where would then be my excuse to buy one of the cool new models with integrated AIS ? :D
 

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You were dead right! I checked the antenna connection (in the bilge) and it was badly corroded. Re-soldered it and got a beautiful signal from Tolchester Radio!

[yes, I know a connection in the bilge is not ideal. Will have a more permanent solution at some time...]
 

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If its in the bilge can you make it waterproof by getting some of the shrink electrical tubes you use for crimping connections and make it waterproof.

Dave
 
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