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Old 18 February 2005, 17:01   #21
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It maybe an idea to give them a call, I bought mine from the shop just before Christmas.. It may have been a short lived promotion, or a shop only offer..
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Old 18 February 2005, 17:17   #22
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The best thing you can do when going for a cheap'ish h/h is to buy a Auqapac bag ( www.aquaman.co.uk ). Have used their products for years ( phones / VHF / video ), and touch wood, they have never let me down.

As it happens I have a ICOM M1 and a fixed ICOM on my boat and they have worked very well for years.

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Old 18 February 2005, 19:00   #23
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Old 18 February 2005, 19:13   #24
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Err, umm, wasn't this a question about VHF?!?
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Err, umm, wasn't this a question about VHF?!?

Dam Richard! you have worked out my secret!

The Entel free mic and case was a promotion they offered for Southampton Boat show.
Was not on offer for London.

As some have said there is some great kit on the market at the moment.
There is also a fair bit of not so good kit.

Most of the not so good kit is being looked into by the MCA.
Mainly because it does not meet type approval and had "bits" missing.

I would suggest avoiding anything too cheap.
There is nomally a reason why it is so cheap.

It was wrong of me to verbally bash Stuart on here.
For that I say sorry to him and all of you for having to see it.
What ever his problem is this is not the place for me to deal with it.

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Old 19 February 2005, 05:21   #26
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What ever his problem is this is not the place for me to deal with it.

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I've had two Silva's: both rubbish.

Got a Navman now - very nice, easy to use. Only gripe for me is that mine is installed below my eye level - the LCD is a little hard to see at this level - it works better the higher up the console you put it (in relation to your eyes).
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Old 21 February 2005, 09:26   #28
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"Your radio is your life line, look after them.
Clean them, hose them down (if waterproof) carry out routine checks and regreasing of knobs.

Any company worth its salt can spot neglect and abuse a million miles away.
Don't try to claim warranty if it is clear you don't look after your kit.
Don't get upset if your claims are refused if it clear it not a warranty job.

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Jon, I just wondered if you'd expand on the routine checks and greasing aspect - in particular the how and what with on the latter. This isn't something I remember reading in the manual - but having experienced very-hard-to-twist knobs I'd agree something is required. I ended up using silicone spray lube which seems to have done the trick - hope that doesn't make you throw your hands up in horror!

And talk about trying to find words which helps minimise the fnaarr fnaarr element!
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Old 21 February 2005, 09:47   #29
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Jon, I just wondered if you'd expand on the routine checks and greasing aspect - in particular the how and what with on the latter. This isn't something I remember reading in the manual - but having experienced very-hard-to-twist knobs I'd agree something is required. I ended up using silicone spray lube which seems to have done the trick - hope that doesn't make you throw your hands up in horror!

And talk about trying to find words which helps minimise the fnaarr fnaarr element!
Hi Neil

Silicon grease is ideal.
Just pull the knobs off clean and grease the shaft.
This is not something you need to do every week but once every few months will be great.

The sniffness is normally due to the build up of dried out sea water.

If you flush the radio with fresh water after each use will keep the build up down as well.
For hand helds run them under a cold water tap after use.

I hope that helps.

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i av jus dun diss wiv mi IMOC M3. itt iz noww ful ov fkin worter

dats de lasst fkin tyme i foloww de manyewfakturers instrukshuns.

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