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Old 28 March 2004, 12:16   #1
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Silva S15

I have read vague things here about the lack of quality of these radios but since there was nothing specific and mine seemed to work fine I didn't pursue it.
However mine has now packed up, tried it today and although the DSC call was being picked up by CG and I could hear them calling me, I couldn't talk to them. The "TX" was only operating for a second or so before chucking it when the ptt was pressed.
I am going to try an alt aerial first but suspect it will be going back under warranty, anybody heard of this fault before?
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Old 28 March 2004, 14:20   #2
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I to am now on my second set, and judging by the way things are going with it, will soon be on my third, or another make.

The set is good, and also so is the price, but the problems i have had are -- the display goes completely, dual/memory scan/watch, does not work well at all, and yesterday, it went to whatever channel it thought it wanted to -- ok if you wanted to choose lottery numbers, and that is about it??

I had no probs with silva taking it back, and replacing with a new one, and it is easty to do?? i would send it back, and almost gaurantee it is not your aeriel that is the problem.

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Old 28 March 2004, 15:45   #3
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your lucky
i bought a s10 squelch control didn't work sent back to Silva end of january and still waiting for a replacement been told end of march ? a friend has one it works but although waterproof screws on han mike has surface rust only been on the water twice ?
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Old 28 March 2004, 16:05   #4
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That's dissapointing as I bought a S10 at LBS and will be fitting it in the next few weeks, Ho Hum things to look foward too!

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Old 29 March 2004, 05:12   #5
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I called Silva this morning and have been told "several weeks" for a replacement. None too happy with this as it means diving with no radio on board in case of problems.
It hasn't been good week, my dog broke the connector on the back of my plotter when I had it off the boat and my new bottle rack still hasn't turned up. Ordered nearly five weeks ago it was supposed to take a week or so, then two weeks, no I don't have a clue when. I am in the process of cancelling and going elsewhere rather than wait any longer.
And then all my lights have chucked it as well.
Oh well, I suppose that is what happens on small ribs taken out in crap weather over the winter, roll on the summer!
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Old 29 March 2004, 05:39   #6
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Just a thought

I know an Icom dealer very closed to you that has stock of all our kit.
They are doing a very good deal on M21 hand helds at the mo.

At least it means you could get on the water.


Hope that may help

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Old 29 March 2004, 09:03   #7
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I don't really want or can afford a handheld, getting my almost new VHF fixed is more in line with what I am after. I am just disapointed that they can not do it quickly.
I guess the local place would be Ardfern?
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Old 29 March 2004, 09:06   #8
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I can understand your frustration
Was just hoping it may help you out whilst your radio-less.

Ardfern is who I was thinking of.

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Old 29 March 2004, 09:19   #9
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I have been out once or twice a week since November but expected everything to last a bit longer before starting to disintegrate, especially when everything was new at that time and it is not a club boat.
I can borrow a handheld from work if necessary but my plotter is now going away for repair for several weeks as well. Generally I had a bad weekend for bits breaking and things going bang and I am still fuming!
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Old 29 March 2004, 14:38   #10
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I know they should be better, but for the price I am not supprised that these cheap sets die on a rib
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