Bought an Icom M31 handheld VHF on eBay not so long ago. Got the box, charger, manual etc. etc. everything that should have come with it.
I bought it because it's supposed to be waterproof up to 1m for 30 mins. Working fine, no problems so I go out in the Thundercat on the sea on Saturday. It was windy and a nice swell. We got soaked, water splashing in over the bow and having great fun.
I go to use the VHF and it's dead. I thought it was strange that the battery had gone dead so soon but didn't think much of it. I came home later that evening and took out the battery, and it was soaked. All inside the VHF was wet
I left it dry out until today (3 days) in the hot press and tried to fire it up - nothing, it's a gonner.
My question is, should I contact Icom? This VHF did not fulfill it's purpose and was definately NOT waterproof. All the seals look good, I can see that the water got in from the battery seal, but it wasn't damaged and I always make sure that the battery is locked in before leaving the house. I don't know if it's still under warranty as I don't know exactly how old it is, but surely it's supposed to be WATERPROOF for life, and not just for the warranty period? I wouldn't mind if it had fallen in the water, but it was strapped to my Bouyancy Aid for the whole evening.
Do you think I should get a replacement from Icom? As it clearly was NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE. I'm damn annoyed