Mean while I stumbled upon a Humminbird VHF55s Plus on Craigslist for $25. It was too good of a deal to pass up, but I figured something was wrong.
|Hummingbird VHF55s Plus|
At first glance, everything looked fine with the radio. It functioned and came with most of the accessories.
|Loose power port connection|
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.
|Re-soldering loose power port on Hummingbird VHF55s Plus|
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 exited that I have reliable emergency communications in the boat this year .