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Old 12 January 2014, 06:07   #1
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Misting display on iCom 323

Anybody else suffering from the screen misting up on the inside of their VHF? Specifically, I bought a new iCom 323 in May last year and now I'm out in the colder weather, after a few minutes of the set being on the screen is unreadable. Radio's working ok, you just can' see what your doing! Makes DSC calls particularly challenging :-)
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Old 12 January 2014, 10:07   #2
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My brand new Standard Horizon did the same, I sent it back and got a new one a week later. They also sent me a cover for it.

I thought it was just me with a 'Friday special'.
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It was fine through the summer and is a good no frills DSC radio but not much good if it's going to this. Before I take it out of the console, does anybody know if you can get the front cover off to clean and dry it out?
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Anybody else suffering from the screen misting up on the inside of their VHF? Specifically, I bought a new iCom 323 in May last year and now I'm out in the colder weather, after a few minutes of the set being on the screen is unreadable. Radio's working ok, you just can' see what your doing! Makes DSC calls particularly challenging :-)
I have the Icom M423 since April last year. It has started to mist up too. The same was reported in this months Sportsboat & Rib magazine.
I phoned Icom about it and they said that depending on the humidity in the air during manufacture the screen will have some moisture in it. So I assume it is this moisture that condensates which causes the misting. They did offer to have a look if I sent it to them but my screen does clear after 30 mins or so. I have not experienced this with my 10 year old Icom handheld. It is disappointing as the radio performs brilliantly.
Icom did not offer to replace my radio for this issue.
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Both my sh hand held have what I assume to be a breathable membrane 'hole' as does my Dr fusion. The fusion was so misted yesterday I couldn't read it....this morning it's clear again....
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Old 12 January 2014, 15:14   #7
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I've just ordered one of these as it was the only radio I looked at where I couldn't find someone that had fogging display issues!

Now I don't know what to do maybe they can all mist up. They should surely use optically bonded displays which would solve this issue.
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Now I don't know what to do maybe they can all mist up. They should surely use optically bonded displays which would solve this issue.
You'd certainly have thought that something could be done that didn't cost the Earth. I dunno - a small heater wire or a clip-in silica gel capsule...
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The reason they mist up is just physics and the fact that all manufactures use the same materials and techniques. They will also build to a similar standard as their costs and margins will be similar.

Perhaps putting them together in a low humidity environment would be better. Then you would not have moisture inside in the first place.
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iCom request I return the unit to them.

I contacted iCom yesterday via the web and have just received a request to return the unit to them.

No further details, but perhaps the issue is occurring enough for them to at least look at a possible manufacturing fault.
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