We're still waiting for opening day down here and I'm busy getting stuff ready. I've wanted to pick up a waterproof VHF radio for several years now. I've had my eye on several radios, such as the Icon IC-M88 and others due to their rugged-ness, waterproof-ness and compact size since space is at a premium in my Marsh Rat.
Meanwhile I stumbled upon a Humminbird VHF55s Plus for $25. It was too good of a deal to pass up, but I figured something was wrong.
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At first glance, everything looked fine with the radio. It functioned and came with most of the accessories. It became clear what the problem was when I brought it home. The power port was loose in the charging cradle and would go on and off with any slight movement.
Thankfully that's not more than a 5 minute fix. I popped open the case and re-soldered the loose connection and now it works like a charm.
I still need to come up with a mount to keep it close by and handy when hunting, but I have a few ideas about that. My family and I are excited that I have reliable emergency communications in the boat this year.