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Old 24 September 2018, 13:56   #21
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....However, if you need something soldered properly then give me a shout, I'll show you the ropes
What, you solder ropes! Wow, that is clever...
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Old 24 September 2018, 14:01   #22
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Great bants......

You need to work on your insults/banter, come on I expect better from you.
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Old 24 September 2018, 14:22   #23
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I had that with my TV, I think there was about 8000 hours on it and the TV was only rated to 10000 hours (LG 55" LCD) They gave me about half my money back but as it was 3, nearly 4 years old I bought a better tv for the money I got back.
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Why not just refit repaired vhf and buy a £30 console cover on eBay? 2 weeks isn't v long, no cutting etc.
They are all hard wired in that physical connection required, can you guarantee the cover on the socket when you take your removable mic home will be weather proof?
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Old 24 September 2018, 15:45   #25
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Many icoms ( and I’m sure other brands ) have a ‘Aqua quake’ function - clears water from wet hand mic’s and speakers by emitting a load tone - my 423 and handhelds have this facility, I guess useful in certain circumstances
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If your handset is getting that wet that often & you can't find any way of fitting it out of the weather then I'd suggest you need something to cover it that fits over the handset & seals on the cable.
Cheapest option is going to be a plastic bag taped shut round the cable. Remove to allow the mic to dry out periodically.
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If your handset is getting that wet that often & you can't find any way of fitting it out of the weather then I'd suggest you need something to cover it that fits over the handset & seals on the cable.
Cheapest option is going to be a plastic bag taped shut round the cable. Remove to allow the mic to dry out periodically.


My Icoms have always been on an open console exposed to the elements/sea/pressure wash. Never had an issue. That’s what they’re designed and rated for. The only VHFs I’ve ever had a problem with have been Raymarine, had 3 fail on me & gave up on ‘em.
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Internally the microphone is a very simple device. The actual microphone will be a simple electret device costing not much more than pennies and the PTT will be a couple of contacts which make the circuit - often a slide switch is used and the external button simply slides the contacts across.

If it's not corroded to buggery inside and you're handy with a soldering iron, you might sort it in 20mins or so. Pop the screws out and take a look inside.
According to ICOM tech support no soldering is required. However they change the microphones by disassembling the radio and disconnecting the mic lead from the main PCB. The handheld part of the mic is glued together - possible to split but tricky; again no soldering.
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Can I ask is this issue when the boat is in use? Or due to accumulation when the boat is standing?

The “aqua-quake” function requires a speaker/mic so make sure you get this feature if you’re buying a new unit.
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