Last year, I didn't think the fixed VHF
worked as well as it should, as I could pick up weather
(although not well) on channel 2 of my new handheld, but heard nothing on the fixed radio
I could, however, call Halifax
Coast guard radio
, and get a response, so I got through the year.
During the winter, I started troubleshooting the antenna wiring
, which was bad, and then found the cable actually cut, a few feet from the radio!!! So ,I wasn't even using the masthead antenna
. (new to me boat!!)
Fast forward... I have replace all antenna wiring
with new RG8 and PL259 (soldered) connectors. Just got the boat in water
on.. Called Halifax
Coast guard radio OK again, but still can't pick up Weather
channel 2 - continous Maritime broadcast.
- the radio / boat came from New England
, and I am in Eastern Canada
- Nova Scotia
... Is there any chance that channel 2 has a different frequency, etc??
- I have another cheap
that I tried with the mast head
antenna as well, but still the same - can't hear Weather channel 2, or much else, except 16. There are very few boats in the water
yet, so traffic is mininal. I can hear Caost guard broad casts on 16, but assume that they likley use repeaters, etc. I have a spare whip, so I disconnected the wiring at the mast bottom, and tried the spare antenna there, with no better results.
Last year I could often hear one side of converations between other boats and the coast guard, for example.
Haven't tried metering the antenna (and wiring) but will do that this weekend. it is a Shakespeare whip, and I read on an other post that it should read a a short.
Advice would be appreciated..