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Old 17 August 2014, 10:38   #1
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VHF Radio

After fitting my navman 7100 and using it a few times i have found that it doesn't send a signal very well at all.

Looking for a good quality radio, ideally icom or garmin.

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Old 17 August 2014, 10:45   #2
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Why blame the Radio?

Are you sure its not the aerial... or its wiring?
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I would have said Standard Horizon are fine this time last year, but after really poor support from the service department recently, I'd not buy SH again... the long-ish warranty doesn't count for much IMHO. Would probably go ICOM next time.
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Why blame the Radio?

Are you sure its not the aerial... or its wiring?
because when I tried to attach the ariel plug to the radio, the socket on the radio twisted (it was only held in place with silicone?!) and this resulted in the wires conneting the plug failing. We took the radio apart and re-soldered the wires back onto the plug and sealed it all back up.

After all that it is still the same and won't send a signal.

Also tries my mates on my boat with my ariel and it worked.

Also I fancy having a better brand than trying to fix the navman.
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I would have said Standard Horizon are fine this time last year, but after really poor support from the service department recently, I'd not buy SH again... the long-ish warranty doesn't count for much IMHO. Would probably go ICOM next time.
cheers i will avoid standard horizon

think i want to go icom or garmin, any thoughts on the garmin 100i?

I've got 100 to spend so I am restricted to second hand.
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If you're going 2nd hand in my experience the Icom will be a better bet. The batteries seem to last longer before refusing to hold a charge.
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Your 25W VHF runs on batteries?
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If you're going 2nd hand in my experience the Icom will be a better bet. The batteries seem to last longer before refusing to hold a charge.
Ok the reason I was thinking garmin is that I have got a garmin 451s and I though it would be easier to wire the two together to use the DSC system.

I forgot to mention, that I am going for a fixed vhf, not handheld.
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Don't think you should have any issues getting NMEA out of a common icom / SH.
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Your 25W VHF runs on batteries?
No-I know Henry's boat and due to the layout it didn't even enter my head that he's have a fixed set


I'd still go for the Icom though.
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