Taking care of a VHF

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kingiFiddler
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How have the experienced users kept their VHFs in good condition?
Just a wipe down after use?
Lanocote the antenna connection?
Use the speaker vibes to push out moisture?
All or none of the above?
Anything else please?
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I used Lanocote on the Voyagers which had mechanical twisty knobs.
Everything today is push button.

As far as care and feeding, I immerse it for a couple of minutes in just tepid water with a couple of drops of SaltAway for good measure. Giving it a wriggle in all axes to dislodge any air bubbles.
Then air dry in the airing cupboard (I have an old PC power supply 12v cooling fan in there too which runs off old SLAs)
Battery is checked for swelling every 6 months and the seal refreshed with a whiff of new silicon grease.
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kingiFiddler
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Thank you HLD, much appreciated.
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They are kept in their VHF drybags, bags the shape of the radio so they don't get wet. It is possible to use them while in their bags.
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Interesting option. Thanks Mac50L
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kingiFiddler wrote: Mon Dec 20, 2021 4:19 pm Interesting option. Thanks Mac50L
Blue back with a clear plastic front. The aerial goes up one side beside the grommet that has a loop and hook to hold it from falling overboard. The bottom rolls up as dry bags do.

The radios are Uniden Atlantis 250 so not the most modern or smallest. On one one I've replaced the old battery with a lithium 12v radio control model aircraft battery... because I have some and it fits. The radios would be 15 years old.
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