Waiting to be lifted out of the water…..
I decided to have a fiddle with the VHF set which was not working and is old. The advice from the experts was buy a new one, i will never find parts and it will take forever to diagnose and fix the problem.
Having nothing to lose is a great motivator for trying to do something. SO, I ran a few logical tests and discovered that with the hand held I could hear buzzing from my main set on transmission but no voice.
I decded the problem could be in the microphone. So i took it apart and hey presto! found a lose wire.
Just a small amount of shakey handed soldering and 15 minutes later Solent Coast guard said they could hear me loud and clear. I’m feeling very proud and self sufficient, and smiling a lot.