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Old 09 April 2005, 16:47   #1
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Icom radio change

At last it had to go. Our Icom M59 Euro gave up transmitting last season, and although we could have replaced or repaired the microphone, the lack of DSC meant that an upgrade was our preferred course of action. So we bought a 601 at LBS in January and it just sat in the box until today.

I never imagined that the old unit would put up such a struggle, the DS Developments Neptune waterproof case was fixed in with Sikaflex and wasn't budging! Here's the stubborn thing:
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Once the external screws were removed, it resisted all attempts to shift it. I decided that the only way to attack it would be to remove the radio first, then get some leverage at the empty case.

The empty case refused to move, so I decided to cut the aperture to size (larger for the new 601) with the case still in the console so that there would be less surface area and perhaps less adhesion.

I used a Dremmel tool to grind away the Neptune case sleeve, then cut the aperture to size with a jigsaw.

With only the outside edge of the case remaining, I only managed to remove the left-hand part of its external bezel - the rest of it was stuck solid. And it's made of very tough, good quality GRP. I decided to grind through the remaining case bezel at 20mm intervals and remove it with a sharp cold chisel - result!
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I decided that the only way to attack it would be to remove the radio first, then get some leverage at the empty case.
Actually that was MY idea!
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Yeah, yeah alright!

Once all the old case was removed, the remaining sikaflex removed, the aperture could be finished by grinding it out a little more with the Dremmel. Did anyone else ever buy one of these and then wonder "why?" - well, I've now found the perfect use for it!

Then it's time to see if the radio fits... yes!

A quick polish with T-cut (thanks for the tip, Jonny!) removes all the discolouring form the surrounding area, then a bead of white silicone and the radio is ready to go in.
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That's all until we finish the job off next week as the camera batteries expired!
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Hey Richard

Looks good!
Have you binnned the old set yet?
If not would be interested in it for a collection.

So come on own up, who did all the work?
You or your good lady?

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Not binned yet Jon - I just need to offer it to A.N. Other - if they don't want it then I'll be in touch
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