Yeah, I have used WD-40 for this kind of thing before many times with no ill effect. I should have dug out something else but it was right next to my hand.
No good trying to guilt me, I’ve done enough already.
This was posted more as a warning….
DON’T DO WHAT I DID. Duh!
The external mic is beside the point at the moment, it is disconnected. And I seriously doubt the WD-40 ran up the coil cord 2 or 3 feet into the mic.
What puzzles me is that the connection pins seem undamaged and in the original position. I am GUESSING a short was created somehow, but I can not figure out how. Haven’t put a lot of time into it.
I need to figure out what to do next.
I have written to ICOM
support. I guess I will call them Monday.
Replacement options down here are limited and expensive. ATM my thought is to have it shipped to St Martin
from the US and sail up there to get it. Wrong way, but that seems par for the course these last few years.
I am a huge believer in having a good working VHF
having worked SAR just as it was coming out. Huge difference.
If I buy new it will likely be an Icom 510. I could buy an ebay 504 for much less but the remote mic has beeb discontinued and there are some other issues. Time to move on.