Originally Posted by Stoo
I disconnected and reconnected all of the power and antenna connections with judicious use of a little emery cloth where things looked less than pristine. Without doing anything else, the radio seemed to be working better. I was able to chat easily with someone a couple of miles away, so hopefully that's all it was.
I think I'll keep my extra radio under the seat just to be on the safe side... and I already have a spare antenna there~
Thanks for your assistance all!
You have the original length of coax from the antenna I hope? A big mistake is when people cut the wire shorter because it's longer then they need. That has a major effect on SWR and even more so on these VHF radios then 10m. But as mention above a SWR meter is a must with any 2-way radio to make certain all is well in tune.
My rib is coming out of storage this week and reading all this has reminded me to verify 100% all electrical.