Upon departing Antigua
last night, we discovered our Icom
M506 was suddenly non-functional. It powers on, transmits (as reported by a friend), but does not receive and outputs no audio. The backlight stays lit, but the display cycles on and off every ~1 second.
I called Icom
support today (from Statia), and was told my only option is to send it in to their service
center. Right, let me just stroll on over to the post office and mail it right out! No method to reset and no support for troubleshooting it myself. The support person began looking for service
centers in the Caribbean
and suggested St Lucia
. Only 3 days away from here, perfect!
Not sure they understood how sailing works.
So, we are now cruising (we do multi-day passages regularly) without a fixed VHF
. Our handheld is obviously a poor substitute, although better than nothing.
Has anyone had a similar failure of an Icom VHF
? Anyone have experience with their service center?
Before paying international shipping
then $100/hr plus parts
, I am thinking buying
a replacement may be wiser. We have a Command mic wired to the cockpit
, so unfortunately we may be married to Icom. Perhaps this failed one is better used for speargun target practice.
The VHF was installed by the previous owner, and I believe it is only ~5 years old. Pretty disappointing from a supposed quality manufacturer.