I've got a (4 year old) Ray 55 that can transmit fine but does not receive signals. I've verified the transmit using a handheld and can communicate with other boats and bridges just fine. The problem is in the receiver. There is static when I open the squelch, and unless the transmitting station is very close to my boat, I don't hear anything. If an adjacent boat transmits, I can BEARLY hear the transmission in the static with the squelch open. It won't break the squelch if it's set to just above full quiet. I also cannot receive any weather stations. My portable marine radio can pick them up just fine while next to the Ray 55. I've put a new antenna on the Ray55 and verified all the connections are good and the voltage is WNL.
I've seen a number of posts on the web that seem to indicate this becoming a common failure for this radio. Sounds like an issue with one of the crystals in the receiver.
What's Raymarine's policy on the repair of this unit based on the (now getting common) failures?
Welcome to the Raymarine Technical Forums Bob,
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I got the same situation with a NEW BOAT delivered last year.
This is a well knowed problem for Raymarine VHF55.
I should I proceed for a replacement keeping in mind this is now the Boating season.
I don't want to loose the radio for 4 weeks. Is there a replacement program available.
I was able to fix my Ray 55. It turns out the 455kHz filters they used prematurely fail after a few years. I have 2 in my unit and one was bad, one was good. I replaced them both and now the radio works again!
This is apparently a common problem with this series of radios.
If anyone's interested, I would be happy to perform the repair for a nominal charge and quick turn around.
OK, I've got the same issue here.
Anyone who can point me in the right direction (Digi-Key, Mouser, Newark/Farnell, etc. - with part number(s) for the filter(s) in question? A filter replacementis normally a simple solder job which I can easily perform myself.
I have a Ray55 marine radio in our 2008 Chaparral. The radio turns on but we are not receiving any radio transmission, no weather band is being received.
What can we do to remedy this problem.
Sounds like the same common failure on the Ray55 that others have had. You should contact RM tech support first to find out if they will service it for you since it's very common. Otherwise I would be happy to do it for you for you.
Welcome to the Raymarine Technical Forum Dave,
Can you receive NOAA weather channels (assumes that you are located in US waters)? If not, have you tested the Ray55 with another antenna or performed a VSWR check of the currently installed VHF antenna? If unable to receive NOAA weather channels and using a good antenna, then it would appear that the VHF radio has suffered a failure of its receiver circuitry and it would correspondingly be recommended that the radio be repaired by Raymarine's Product Repair Center.
Seems that I have the same problem with my 4 year old Ray 55 VHF radio that everyone else has. Unfortunately, the raymarine repair is $175.00 to correct the problem which is a defect in the product. Raymarine should should eat the repair cost.
At that repair price I can purchase a new VHF radio.