Originally Posted by jeffrobbins
The vast majority of failed splitters we see are due to lightning
strikes. They typically have components vaporized inside. Some owners have reported antennas blown apart. Many times the AIS and VHF survive. Sometimes not.
Other than that, we did have a small number of splitters that were affected recently by an embarrassing production problem that we didn't discover during manufacturing testing. But we found it pretty quickly during a production audit and replaced them all before most of them were ever used. But I don't consider it a unit that failed during normal use... rather it was a screw up that failed before use :-(
Funny.. That is exactly what happened to our splitter when we were struck. The actual circuit board had tracks completely blown off. Unfortunately our VHF and Watchmate AIS were both killed as well. They seemed to be killed through the NMEA0183 port and not the antenna port. Its seems like the splitter took the brunt of it from the antenna (that was vaporized).
I love my splitter and mast
mounted antenna and replaced it with the exact same. Unfortunatley budget
wouldn't allow me to replace my Watchmate and instead I ended up with a 650 (still Vesper). I would love to know if I could send my Watchmate in for repair.
Anway.. I don't want to restart this argument, but there are plusses and minuses to both setups. I prefer a masthead AIS. I have personally seen multiple big boats adjust course 20 miles out to avoid me.