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Old 05-17-2008, 11:32 AM
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I have an 18 month old Ray VHF. Done remember the model but it is a new model DSC type and both my channel button and squelch button are getting seized up and will not turn. How can i fix this problem and prevent it. I must admit this VHF has been just as poor in quality as my A65. I will NEVER buy Ray again but do need it to work until I can get another brand in there. Can I spray DW40 where the knobs are?

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Old 05-17-2008, 01:58 PM
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raymarine radio should have a 3 yr warranty, send it back and let them deal with it.
Old 05-19-2008, 03:27 AM
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I honestly dont want to be without the radio as I use my boat 2x a week on average. Any other thoughts?
Old 05-19-2008, 05:48 AM
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eBay offers VHF radios for more or less than $100. Buy a new spare, use it for awhile and keep it waterproof in a locker after the Ray comes back from repair?
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grab a decent handheld for under $150, that way you have a back up that isn't tied to using the boat's power in case of a truly catastrophic electrical problem on the boat. I am partial to Standard hh's, but Icom makes a great handheld too.
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Default Re: Raymarine VHf question

You don't have a hand held? I do and I am not out as often as you are. I have the Icom M-72 which is great, but honestly if I were to get another hand held I would go for the S/H HX850. It floats, has a bright LED that can be set to turn on when your receive a signal (so you can find the floating radio at night) and also has a built in GPS receiver and full DSC functionality. The older S/H radio with the DSC button needs to be in a cradle and get GPS data from an external receiver. As soon as you remove it from the cradle then it just locks in the last numbers it got and uses those.

Anyway I would just get another radio. If the knobs are locking up, then it will keep happening. Save yourself the headache and get another radio. The S/H Quest+ is around $120 and is a class D DSC radio. Or the Matrix is only $40 more and has a loud hailer and sound signals built in.

Or whatever. Get another radio, and send the current one to Raymarine for repair. Now you have two fixed mounts. Two is always better than one.

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