Moderated Discussion Areas
  ContinuousWave: The Whaler GAM or General Area
  Uniden Oceanus VHF Radio

Post New Topic  Post Reply
search | FAQ | profile | register | author help

Author Topic:   Uniden Oceanus VHF Radio
JoJo posted 05-19-2005 10:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for JoJo   Send Email to JoJo  
I had a Uniden Oceanus VHF Radio installed and cannot get the weather channels (channels 1-9) to receive...had the unit installed by the dealer 70 miles away and thought that I would try here before going back. Thanks in advance for any/all assistance. Best.


bsmotril posted 05-19-2005 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Did you try turning the squelch control all the way down first? BillS
JoJo posted 05-19-2005 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
Yes, I read, and re-read the manual and did just as you suggested and still nothing...even had several other people watch me do the same. Help?!? Thanks.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-19-2005 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Does it receive normal VHF?

Does it make a bunch of white noise if you turn the volume up
and the squelch all the way down?


JoJo posted 05-19-2005 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
It makes a bunch of white noise if the volume is up and the squelch is down to nothing. Haven't tried to check send and receive yet...thought I could get the weather first....boat has two hours on it and I want to do everything right to save myself embarrassment. Suggestions? Thanks so much for your response. Best.


WhalerGoFar posted 05-19-2005 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
I have the same model (Uniden Oceanus VHF Radio ) and it I am not sure how to make the thing receive the weather channels either...but I have found that if I poke two of the buttons at the same time...and sometimes I have to do it twice, it kicks in. Since I don't have the radio in front of me at the moment, I can't remember which two buttons only to say the first two starting at the left.

I can tell you that I am not overly please with the radio. It quit working within the first 10 days of ownership and when I returned it to the dealer I was greeted with "we will have to ship it back to Texas to the manufacturer" refunds, no exchanges. I have since had to ship it back again for repairs and in both cases they replaced the microphone. It seems that if you spit on it, the thing will short out. I now have it mounted inside my console and the microphone is enclosed in a plastic bag with a "stay dry" packing absorbent pack and secured with a rubber band.

Naples, Fl.

JoJo posted 05-19-2005 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
Naples Mike:

thanks for the insight...I will try your solution...sounds like my warranty will be important! My family has a home in Pelican Bay and hope to see you on the water at the end of this month and in JMD

Chuck Tribolet posted 05-19-2005 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
White noise says the audio section works.

Are you anywhere there are other boaters and the CG? If so,
tune it to 16 or 9 (whichever gets more traffic) and see if
you get anything.

I'd guess either an antenna problem, or some really wierd
incantation required to put it in WX mode (per WhalerGoFar).

Unidens have never been my favorite radios.


jimh posted 05-19-2005 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would call the president of Uniden. Tell him that his company is so screwed up that people who buy Uniden radios have to use a Boston Whaler forum to find out how to operate them.
JoJo posted 05-19-2005 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     

I am sorry if I have abused this Whaler site for this issue; again, my apology.


Buckda posted 05-19-2005 05:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
JoJo -

You don't have an have a problem.


WhalerGoFar posted 05-19-2005 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
Looking foward to seeing you in Naples, give me a hollar and I will put you on some good fishn' holes.

No apology required. If it's on a Boston is fair game, unless it relates to fishn'.

Jim is right, Uniden is a messed up company from my point of view. I have not checked to see if they have a support site, but as I type this...I will check.

Sure enough they do have a support site that can be found at the following link:

Good Luck,

Naples, Fl.

JoJo posted 05-20-2005 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     

thanks for the web site address....I am on hold as I write this missve with Uniden hoping against hope for help. Look forward to seeing your Whaler in Naples. Best.


stefan posted 05-20-2005 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
I had a similar issue with same radio-turned out my antenna conections were bad,and I think it was original antenna!-Decided to buy a new one, and viola! All's well!
JoJo posted 05-20-2005 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     

Thanks for the "heads-up"; just got off the phone with my Whaler dealer and read him your post...he agrees and will implement your suggestion. Thanks so much!!!


jimh posted 05-20-2005 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Which antenna connector was bad? The one on the radio?
JoJo posted 05-20-2005 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
Won't know the answer to your question until Clemons Boats delivers a new antenna on Monday for installation....otherwise, the problem would point directly to the radio....I am having it looked at by a local marina this weekend for troubleshooting and will update you. thanks. Best.


myakka posted 05-20-2005 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
You must be a closet Uniden stock holder because I'm realy "feelin the love" from that last comment.
JoJo posted 05-21-2005 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
It turned out when the technician put the connection on the wire to the radio he overzealously clammed down to mate the wire to the connector and caused a short. I took off the connector and reinstalled it after doing some surgery on the wire. Now the radio works great. Wish to thank everyone for walking me through this. Best. JoJo
LINO posted 05-23-2005 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for LINO  Send Email to LINO     

I bought a UNIDEN OCEANUS DSC a couple of weeks ago. UNIDEN's customer service is practically non-existant.

I wanted to hook up my GARMIN GPS for DSC. I finally got help and succeded because someone in this great forum helped me. No help from UNIDEN.

I also bought it because they advertise that you can flush mount it on your dash. In the manual, they tell you that you have to get a flush mounting bracket FMB322, AFTER you bought the radio. But that part does not exist in their store. They do not answer my e-mails.

I also sent a card to get the $20 rebate and I got an e-mail telling me that they need for me to send them the "UPC" code. But that was not asked for in the rebate card.

This is definetely a brand to stay away from.

I hope you get your weather channels to come in. If I have the same problem, and if I get them to come in I will post the solution. I am going to the Pamlico sound for two weeks in July, with a new boat, and I was counting on this radio.

JoJo posted 05-23-2005 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoJo  Send Email to JoJo     
I agree wholeheartedly; still my problems persist...I told the dealer today that I am furious that he talked me out of a ICOM his expense of repair which he agreed to pay.
Lars Simonsen posted 05-23-2005 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I was talked out of an ICOM radio, too, and ended up with a Uniden Oceanus. It was a total piece of junk. About a year later, I was back on the market for a new radio. I now have an ICOM. Don't let your Uniden get wet. It will not survive the experience.

The mike sensor in mine went bad (from moisture, I suspect). It was still under warranty, but they told me the warranty only covered parts, not labor. The price for the labor wasn't worth the trouble of uninstalling it, packing it up, sending it to them, waiting weeks, then reinstalling what I knew was an unreliable piece of junk. So I asked them to send me the part so that I could install it myself, but they wouldn't do that. If anyone wants a barely used Uniden Oceanus with a bad mike sensor ($2.00 part), I'll sell it cheap.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-23-2005 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
LINO: Google:

Uniden FMB322

That will get you two dealers who at least CLAIM to be able
to get it.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-23-2005 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
LINO: all the info need to hook it up was in the VHF and GPS
manuals. It just requires understanding NMEA.

The real problem is that there is no industry
standard for either describing the signals nor for color
coding the wires. And a standard genderless NMEA connector
would be REALLY cool.


allen723 posted 05-24-2005 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for allen723  Send Email to allen723     
did you go beyond the o1 chanel and keep schroling down to the 1 channel
allen723 posted 05-24-2005 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for allen723  Send Email to allen723     
go down past the o1 to the 1 or 2 keep presing the down key see what happens.
LINO posted 05-24-2005 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for LINO  Send Email to LINO     

I did the search on Google. the two websites are one and the same.

Anyway, I ordered the UNIDEN OCEANUS flush mounting kit (FMB322) from Star Marine Electronics. They said they had it in stock. We'll see. Thanks for your help, once more.


Post New Topic  Post Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | RETURN to ContinuousWave Top Page

Powered by: Ultimate Bulletin Board, Freeware Version 2000
Purchase our Licensed Version- which adds many more features!
© Infopop Corporation (formerly Madrona Park, Inc.), 1998 - 2000.