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Old 19-01-2008, 21:44   #1
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Mystery Radios

Hello: I'm new here and will make my first post a question. Recently, a friend's widow gave me four (4) SMR Sea Lab 9600 handheld vhf marine radios. The radios have not been used for at least 7 years. They were used for about 5 days per year over a five year period.

Of course, the batteries,12v/600 mah nicad battery 10 packs, dated 10/11/93, were cold stone dead. However, after a 16 hour charge, all of the radios functioned perfectly. My question is twofold: Does anyone know anything about the quality of these units and perhaps more important, are battery replacements available anywhere? Any and all input would be appreciated. Thanks, Stoneybroke
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Cal-Centron claims to have batteries for SMR*.
3225 Tomahawk Dr. / P.O. Box 5474
Stockton, CA 95205-2450
Phone: (800)252-2094 / (209)942-2094
Fax: (209)942-2163
e-mail: sales@calcentron.com
Cal-Centron: Your resource for wholesale commercial and industrial electronic and electrical products.

*SMR stood for Southern Marine Research. Don’t know if they are still around.
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Old 20-01-2008, 13:40   #3
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Thanks, I will ask Cal Centron for a quote on Tuesday. I can't find any current info on SMR. Stoney
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Old 20-01-2008, 16:47   #4
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Try also contacting Bulldog Battery 800-721-1119 (Ohio), and The NiCad Lady www.nicdladyonline.com/ both rebuild battery packs and often can rebuild with better batteries for a lower cost than replacement packs.

Generally once NiCads are ten years old, even if they appear to charge well they won't hold the charge very long, and they have a fraction of the original capacity. If you can fully charge and discharge them a couple of times (by leaving them on "receive" with the squelch turned off) and they work well enough...You can keep the old batteries. (And buy a lottery ticket while your luck is running.<G>)
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I'm not certain SMR is still in business, nor that this is even the same company:
Southern Marine Research, Inc.
1401 - N.W. 89th Court
Miami, Florida, 33172
Phone: 305-591-9433
Fax: 305-593-9693
Contact Name: Walter French
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The woman that gave me the radios found one of the original boxes yesterday. The address/telephone for SMR is still the same as listed above. Surely, with all the information you provided, I'll be able to resusitate these radios! I was surprised to see that the RF output power is 6.5 watts/1 watt switchable. I didn't think any of the handhelds went over 5 watts. Again, thanks for all your help. Stoney
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Detail by Entity Name
Florida Profit Corporation
SOUTHERN MARINE RESEARCH, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number 570793
FEI Number 591870418
Date Filed 05/02/1978
State FL
Status INACTIVE
Last Event INVOLUNTARILY DISSOLVED
Event Date Filed 11/14/1986
Event Effective Date NONE

Principal Address
9344 S.W. 171 TERR.
MIAMI FL 33157
Changed 02/24/1981
Mailing Address
9344 S.W. 171 TERR.
MIAMI FL 33157
Changed 02/24/1981
Registered Agent Name & Address
BROEKER, DOUGLAS C
25 WEST FLAGLER ST
FIFTH FLOOR
MIAMI FL 33130
Name Changed: 06/28/1985
Address Changed: 06/28/1985
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title PD
SCARBOROUGH, GARY E.
9344 S.W. 171 TERR.
MIAMI FL
Title SD
SCARBOROUGH, MIRIAM H
9344 S.W. 171 TERR.
MIAMI FL
Annual Reports
Report Year Filed Date
1983 10/03/1983
1984 06/29/1984
1985 06/28/1985

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Detail by Entity Name
Foreign Profit Corporation
SMR OF AMERICA, INC.
Cross Reference Name
SOUTHERN MARINE RESEARCH, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number P00599
FEI Number 061015635
Date Filed 01/16/1984
State DE
Status INACTIVE
Last Event WITHDRAWAL
Event Date Filed 12/28/2001
Event Effective Date NONE

Principal Address
1401 NORTHWEST 89TH COURT
MIAMI FL 33172
Changed 06/07/1999
Mailing Address
70 BRITANNIA STREET
MERIDEN CT 06450
Changed 12/28/2001
Registered Agent Name & Address
None
FL US
Registered Agent Revoked: 12/28/2001
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title P
VINE, R. WILLIAM
2200 SOUTH OCEAN LANE
FT. LAUDERDALE FL
Title VS
VINE, ALAN
70 BRITANNIA STREET
MERIDEN CT
Title T
VINE, ROBERTA
29 FERN STREET
WEST HAVEN CT
Annual Reports
Report Year Filed Date
1999 06/07/1999
2000 01/29/2001
2001 01/29/2000

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