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Old 29 July 2013, 03:38   #1
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VHF wet inside

Alright folks?

Had a superb weekend in Loch Lomond, but noticed my VHF sounded pretty crap. Got home and pulled it apart in the living room, and it pissed rusty water all over the carpet -queue some shouting from the mrs. Something about doing that in the bloody shed-. I've sprayed it all out with electrical terminal cleaner, and left it to dry. Supposing it still works, do you recommend a spraying of WD-40 in it? Or is that likely to short things out?

Obviously it will be refitted with plenty silicone!

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Old 29 July 2013, 03:47   #2
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The Mrs is right - you should have done it in the shed... ...Murphys law says it wouldn't have had rusty water in it if you'd opened it someplace that it didn't matter!

WD wouldn't short anything its non-conductive. However it dries out. There are anti-corrossion sprays that are also non-coductive and water dispersing (someone will be along in a minute to name it!) that may be better.

That said, this is potentially your single most important bit of safety kit. I'd suggest you might want to make this your spare and replace it with something you are more certain wont fail at the very moment you need it most?

Make and model?
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Old 29 July 2013, 03:59   #3
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Yeah its a good point mate, and i've given a lot of thought about using one that isnt top notch! ill try it out, and if all is well, i'll probably use it until next year (pay rise in august!). Its an Icom, and I cant remember the model - will head out to the shed where it is now located and have a look later on!

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Assuming its too old to have been in warranty?

I had two icoms that leaked in warranty and several others have on here too and they were replaced without question.
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Yeah, i'm afraid so mate - its well out of warranty! I think the last owner bought it new with the boat, which is a good 9 years old now. But not to worry, i'll see about some proper spray, and see how she goes. I can always post on the buy/sell section as somebody is bound to have something lying around that they will be willing to sell!

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As others have said i would replace it ASAP (with an Icom or Standard Horizon), and use the existing one as a spare / backup, or sell it on eBay. It's one of the few really important bits of kit along with lifejackets and killcords.
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In all honesty, if it dries up and works fine, ill continue using it after spraying with something appropriate, with regular checks for wet inside! I'm never out of phone reception where I use my boat and I also carry a handheld VHF.
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big bag of rice, worked for my phone, dried it out a treat.
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Corrosion block spray.
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Corrosion block spray.

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