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Old 19 May 2009, 17:53   #11
Country: Canada
Town: Rigaud, Que.
Boat name: Rigaud Explorer
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Length: 6m +
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Originally Posted by Stoo View Post
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.

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Old 19 May 2009, 21:13   #12
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Oh ya, still have the original cable length. Nothing has changed since I put it away in the fall, so hopefully it was just a little corrosion...

Pump it up and RIDE!
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