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Old 07-18-2013, 10:20 PM
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So my radio was not working/rarely working, so I assumed a bad connection. Also had recently broken my shakespeare antenna, so I wanted that replaced also. Without calling me first, the mec took the liberty of replacing my fuse box, a few wires, and the antenna (which I asked for) to the tune of $500. I was a bit pissed at the amount of work done without consent but figured it was needed.

I get home and radio still doesnt work. Now, I did take it to someone else who had it working there, then it ceased to work when I got home, so I may believe him that he did have it working "perfect". Perhaps I just need a new radio (20 yrs old).

Anyway, I had the tube fuses originally, now he put in a wafer type box. I was just talking to a friend who said he has had those types get hot and melt rather than blow.. and that the other type is better. Has anyone had issues with these fuses or am I ok?

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Old 07-19-2013, 05:05 AM
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No issues and easier to see if blown, change and especially determine the amperage of the fuse

IMO far superior
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Stay with the blade fuses the glass ones are nothing but trouble.


Old 07-19-2013, 05:36 AM
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The blade type I feel are a better solution.

Regarding the radio, if it really is 20 years old, it's earned it's retirement. Buy a new one. You can get a middle of the road variety at west marine or bass pro for less than $100.
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Thank you all.
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Originally Posted by capt.holiday View Post
The blade type I feel are a better solution.

Regarding the radio, if it really is 20 years old, it's earned it's retirement. Buy a new one. You can get a middle of the road variety at west marine or bass pro for less than $100.
And consider one with DSC just in case. They're only a few bucks more.
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Originally Posted by tkh329 View Post
And consider one with DSC just in case. They're only a few bucks more.
They all have DSC, since 1999, with the exception of handhelds. You cannot buy a new non-DSC fixed unit, because they have not been made in over a decade.

To be functional, they need a 0183 connection to a GPS device, however, and many in service never get connected. You will also need to register it to get an MMSI, a unique identifier showing vessel and ownership information...the MMSI is free and makes DSC far more useful, otherwise a DSC distress signal will only show GPS coordinates and SAR responders won't know what they're even looking for.

VHF radios are starting to show up with internal GPS receivers, but they tend to be high-end units, price-wise. Eventually, I expect that will become commonplace, since GPS modules have become so cheap in recent years.

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