Swiftech were the importers for the radios which were made in the far east. When Swiftech went bust Silva took over as the impoters for the same radios. They are now sold as the 'StarM 298' under the Silva brand name. This of course means that they are no obsolete and can be repaired etc.
So mine is now up at the Silva repair centre being fixed. Cost £49.95 inc vat (why the heck don't they just call it £50.00?) plus £6.00 shipping. So £56.00 in total. Cheaper than a NEW radio anyway (see next paragraph). For having the radio checked over and not having it repaired costs £17.63.
Well, there I am looking through the new 'Compass' catalogue and what do I see on page 93? My Swiftech radio looking out at me wirh a Silva badge. However they are just £99.95 (there they go again - do they think we're daft?) now. I paid over £200.00 when I brought it from Inverness Boat Yard in North Kessock. Anyway it is still a saving as I'd have had to pay the £17.63 in any case.
Here is the address for Silva Service Centre:
Unit 24, Six Harmony Row
Tel: 0141 445 5585
Keith (over and out) Hart