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Old 15 March 2005, 04:26   #1
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Problem with my Icom M1?

I was out playing in the surf and took a couple of large waves down the length of the boat at the weekend.

During one of the trashings, I managed to sever the fuel line, not notice I had done it, punch through a few more waves and then had that uncomfortable feeling as the outboard coughs and stalls- just as you need the power to punch through the next set.

Somehow the next wave passed under us safely and we were able to get the sea anchor out and start our long, bumpy and damaging drift back in through the surf to the beach.

We called up the coastguard to let them know we were ok. Icom worked fine at this point - unfortunately after a couple more poundings, the radio locked up, switched to USA mode, channel 6 and emitted a continuous tone. Believe that the CG may have got concerned at this point - fortunately my mate on the beach was able to give the coastguard reports by mobile.

Switching off the handheld didn't resolve the problem and it was still locked out 2hrs later, back on land.

By Sunday morning, the set was fine.

This is the second occasion that the set has done this.

Anyone else experienced it?
Is it user error?
Or am I just asking too much of the set (A breaking wave has way more pressure than 1m depth!)
Is the tone is a fault code of sorts?

Grateful for any advice (about the radio – not my dodgy choice of day to go to sea!)

Ed
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Old 15 March 2005, 15:12   #2
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I have never heard for this. Sounds like a mission for Jon Brooks at Icom!!!!

Is it under 3 years old??
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Old 18 March 2005, 02:40   #3
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That is far from normal.
Just needto check is it a M1 or and M1EuroV?

M1 (older model) was not waterproof.
M1EuroV is fully waterproff and should easily take the condidtions you were in.

I would sugest it comes back to us.
Covering note explaing what happened.
Don't forget all your contact details.
I staggering the amount of radio's we get back with no paperwork or contact details.

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Old 18 March 2005, 05:08   #4
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Locking to US channels is a little worrying!!

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Old 18 March 2005, 10:17   #5
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Locking to US channels is a little worrying!!

Mke
Yes a big worry but at least it may only be a fault as compared to DSC radio's being sold that have NO way of selecting the type of distress you are in!!

By the way how is the retirement going?
Got the boat on the water yet?

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Old 18 March 2005, 16:22   #6
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I'm still on the Payroll till 31/03

I have spent the last couple of weeks doing bugger all though

Sorry for the hijack
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Old 19 March 2005, 07:52   #7
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I'm still on the Payroll till 31/03

I have spent the last couple of weeks doing bugger all though

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Hey Mike

No worries
Feel free to pop in, kettle is always on, home or work.

U mave have noticed, just passed the Power Boat Instructors Course.
Can now teach Level I, II and Safety.
Am well chuffed

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Old 20 March 2005, 20:25   #8
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Hi Jon - Hows things, hope you are well ?

Seems you've been doing far too much training ! Even more qualified than me now - LOL.
I take it you would still accept the offer of being taught the PWC course then ? Or do you now fancy taking the one-day PWC instructor conversion ?

Have got something i am already dreaming up for all of you guys, the only one who might be a bit nervy about being on the Solent may be Ian - but we'll win him over now that you know how to allay ALL his fears - !!!!
Please give me a call re the above Jon - cheers.

- BACK ON SUBJECT - For those who are interested......my icom M1-euro-V is situated in my PFD at 'boob' height at all times whilst on a Personal Watercraft. Radio is turned around (speaker facing chest) and i have always used the external mic for this radio which is clipped nearer to my ear up on the lapel of my dry-suit.
Whilst i have always washed the radio in fresh water after every time out - one day i did not and it was left on the PFD for about 3x days.
When i brought the radio in to wash off, i turned it on and low and behold it gave a 'SELF CHECK-OK' but then gave the continuous tone that was noted on the original post.
I tried almost everything........
WASHED OFF THE RADIO IN FRESH WATER
TOOK OFF BATTERY AND RELOCATED IT
MOMENTARILY FLICKED PTT TO TEMPT IT TO FREE ITSELF
ETC ETC

Just when i was starting to get angry with myself for not having washed the radio off when i last used it, i took a look inside the ext mic. plug cover !!!
Low & behold, there was the problem........... A small drop of water had got into the rubber cap plug and was sitting between two of the four contacts. Please also note that whilst i have never had water get into this area with the cap on before, i had actually unscrewed the ext mic before driving home and had obviously NOT put the rubber cap back onto its seating properly - hence the water intrusion (my fault GUV)
Then i Blew the offending water away, continued to wipe dry the contacts and the rest of the radio, restarted the self-check and 'YEEHAA' she were fine !!

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John,
Sounds like it could be the problem- self check ok, but with a tone that nothing seems to stop until several hours after the dunking. If it happens again, I'll be sure to check for water around the terminals.

Guess the solution is to get hold of an external speaker mike or vaseline the terminals.

Thanks

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John,
Sounds like it could be the problem- self check ok, but with a tone that nothing seems to stop until several hours after the dunking. If it happens again, I'll be sure to check for water around the terminals.

Guess the solution is to get hold of an external speaker mike or vaseline the terminals.

Thanks

Ed
Or keep the rubber cover in place.
You can send it here.
I will get it checked over for you FOC.
If you are put a coveriing note with it.
Marked for my attention and that I have agreed to look at it FOC.

Hope that helps

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