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    Vhf radio not working. What to look for-gctid819493

    Pretty simple, its likely shot, could be a fuse. I was going to replace it with a brand new unti from 1996 a guy has for $100..

    Last year it worked, but i dont think it ever sent out. Meaning i could hear things but never got a radio check response.

    I dont want to bother with it honestly if there's something wrong other than the radio. My antenna looks like hell and the wiring matches..

    Radio

    Antenna

    Wire

    Anything else to these i need to inspect test?
    1993 formula pc 31 twin 454 bravo 2
    1989 2655 cierra 5.7 omc cobra
    2014 "searay" tandom trailer

    Anchor bay clinton river
    Michigan

    #2
    Your aerial connection on the back of the radio set can often be the weak link. Take it apart and clean off any vertigres corrosion. Worth a try as it is probably your simplest fix.

    Otherwise I'd be checking your terminal voltage at the radio when transmitting (redo supply connections) and suspect the aerial/coax cable. Borrow a new aerial and try it.

    Ian
    Ian & Emma
    MV "LaPaloma"
    1990 4588
    Bay of Islands
    New Zealand

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      #3
      VHF antennas will wear out. Their internals corrode and shake loose. If the antenna looks rough, and the radio no longer powers on, I'd replace all of it. New radio, new antenna and coax. There is really no sense trying to repair any of those components. The antenna and coax will come pre-attached as a single unit. You can pull the new cable in place by snipping the old off the old antenna and using it as a pull string.

      If you've been able to receive a signal but not transmit, it's almost certain that your antenna has an internal short from corroded connectors and is now beyond saving. Toss it!
      Terry
      1999 Bayliner 3388
      Twin Cummins 4BTA
      Fisherman, Cruiser, Boaticus-enthusiasticus-maximus
      Member Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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        #4
        Yeah... that's the best advice. It's inexpensive and such a vital thing to have working properly. The only things worse than not having a radio, is having one that doesn't work well.
        Custom CNC Design And Dash Panels

        iBoatNW

        1980 CHB Europa 42 Trawler- "Honey Badger"

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          #5
          Buy the best antenna you can possibly afford. It will make an average radio shine.
          Jeff & Tara
          (And Ginger too)
          Lake Havasu City, AZ

          2000 Bayliner 3388
          "GetAway"
          Cummins 4bta 250s

          In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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            #6
            "Jeffw" post=819656 wrote:
            Buy the best antenna you can possibly afford. It will make an average radio shine.
            I agree. When I bought my Carver the VHF transmitted but did not receive so I bought a top of the line Standard Horizon radio. Much better. With the antenna that came with the boat I could pick up 3 of the 10 weather channels from my marina. I then went out and bought a top of the line Shakespeare antenna a $200+ model. What a difference. Now I pick up 9 of the 10 weather channels from my marina. Out on Lake Erie I am picking up both sides of radio transmissions from 35+ miles away. A good antenna will make an average radio shine and a good one better.
            Rick Grew

            1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

            2004 Past Commodore
            West River Yacht & Cruising Club
            www.wrycc.com

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              #7
              Yah... i just want to sell and stop putting money into this. But im planning a decent 4 day trip on new waters to me on erie to put in bay and want to be ready.

              I stay up in anchor bay and i get by without one
              1993 formula pc 31 twin 454 bravo 2
              1989 2655 cierra 5.7 omc cobra
              2014 "searay" tandom trailer

              Anchor bay clinton river
              Michigan

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                #8
                "businessgetmoney" post=819939 wrote:
                Yah... i just want to sell and stop putting money into this. But im planning a decent 4 day trip on jew waters to me on erie to put in bay and want to be ready.

                I stay up in anchor bay and i get by without one
                We are hoping you mean new waters.
                Doug
                Hanging Loose
                98 Carver 350 Mariner
                2013-
                KRUSTY KRAB
                2001 305
                5.7 BII
                2006-2013

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                  #9
                  Hahaha typing on cell phone key board I always scramble letters... my apologies. J is right above N
                  1993 formula pc 31 twin 454 bravo 2
                  1989 2655 cierra 5.7 omc cobra
                  2014 "searay" tandom trailer

                  Anchor bay clinton river
                  Michigan

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