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IC-M33 Radio Charging Problems

Recently my VHF radio stopped charging.  The charger flashed orange when the handset was put in to charge and after a 4 hours had not charged at all.  UK Rivers Guide to the rescue again.  The flashing orange means there is a charging error (not actually made clear in user manual).  A quick clean of the connector with some fine wire wool (I actually used a pan scourer) fixed the problem.

Someone I met during the IOW Sea Symposium had trouble with the ICom Radios before and advised me to put some vaseline on the center connector before going out on the sea to prevent corrosion.  This advice I promptly ignored, only to find on my next trip the battery was dead.  So I thought I’d pass on the wisdom as I know it’s our club radio of choice.

Toons.

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1 comment to IC-M33 Radio Charging Problems

  • Richard b

    Toons, I have found ICOM radios to be reliable but it important that they are well rinsed in clean water and dried after each trip. Otherwise the contacts get eaten away.

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