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Old 04-07-2014, 07:03 AM   #1
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Spring cleaning this past weekend and found the vhf acting weird,, Is there any body in Pcola area that works on them... in todays throw away world I know it might not be worth it,,,
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:28 AM   #2
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How old is your ant. ? Thats always been my problem.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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Ahh,,, it looks original to the boat,,,, never thought of that,,,, will replace...
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Check for a good supply voltage and ground. The Mic plug might be bad or loose also. If not this or above mentioned Antenna, I would just buy a new VHF, not work repairing.
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Spring cleaning this past weekend and found the vhf acting weird,, Is there any body in Pcola area that works on them... in todays throw away world I know it might not be worth it,,,
horizion mdl GX126os
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My problem turned out to be the antenna to radio connector. (And I was oh-so-careful when I put that thing together the first time)
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Check for a good supply voltage and ground. The Mic plug might be bad or loose also. If not this or above mentioned Antenna, I would just buy a new VHF, not work repairing.
Like he said.
Start at battery, check connections, clean if needed, check voltage. Go to panel/fuse holders, check connections, clean, check voltage. Turn on radio, check voltage, go to unused channel & key the mike while checking voltage.

If you get a big voltage drop when keying the mike, you have a bad connection, old or too small conductors.

Also, remove the antenna connex, PL 259's and inspect them, clean, get someone to turn on their VHF and listen for you. Sea Tow has a free radio check freq, but I forget the channel.

If all of these things check out and still no Xmit or receive, new VHF's are as little as $100 or if you really want to be safe, a new VHF with GPS and AIS is only a little more at West Marine.

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