A few days ago we noticed there was no traffic on the VHF
for a full day, which is quite strange for the Abacos, where we are cruising. We confirmed that our onboard VHF
wasn't receiving any transmissions by calling the boat from our handheld.
It tuns out that in order to receive any transmissions we need to turn down the squelch to the point where there's constant static; in that setting we receive voice transmissions and static. If we turn the knob just enough to get rid of the static, nothing gets through.
had performed flawlessly up until that day.
Thinking that there might be some new RF interference
on the boat (we haven't added any new electronics
, so it seemed unlikely), we tried shutting off every breaker on board except for the VHF. The radio's behaviour did not change; we got static (along with voice when someone was transmitting) or nothing at all.
We've been having constant squalls in the last couple of weeks but haven't been hit by lightning
. Every other electronic device on the boat works perfectly fine.
Does anybody have any suggestions?