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Old 25 February 2006, 15:45   #11
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I can only give you advice of what not to get. -COBRA.
Pile of (American?) plastic junk <probably> made by underpaid sweat shop workers in some far away place for tuppence.
Handset -crap
Speaker -crap
DSC -crap
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reception -not bad but keeps picking up DSC type interferance.
Display -crap.
Controls -double crap.

Overall opinion: An Excellent buy, 1x for sale. Very cheap.
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Old 26 February 2006, 15:34   #12
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No one can say how long a radio will last before it breaks
but the review test all the freatures it is one of the best ones I have seen in a very long time.
Most reviews seem to pay lip service to the needs of the end user but this is a very extensive one.

Funny PBO did not rate the Cobra very high either lol
To quote the "we can not recomend this unit for DSC use"

I would have to say most are not neck and neck and this review will go a very long way to prove that.

There are some very good radio's on the market and there are also some not so good ones!

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Old 26 February 2006, 18:15   #13
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very happy with my icom 421, to me 200 quid was really good value over some of the units that are just a little big cheaper

you can tell the quality by looking at it, just like the garmin products
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Before you buy anything, PBO (practical boat owner) have just reviewed every VHF on the market.

Well woth a read and its very in-depth and highlights faluts and issues if there are any.

It due out soon n the next issue.
Well worth a read prior to buying.

Hugh, we have never been cheap and am sure we wont be for a while but as they say "you get hat you pay for"

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Old 27 February 2006, 03:34   #14
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icom all the way

The saying buy cheap buy twice does apply to vhf

Or buy cheap and you could die is another one I quite like
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Old 27 February 2006, 03:45   #15
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very happy with my icom 421
Excellent, so your boat is on the water and you have used the radio then? or are you recommending it because it looked nice when you took it out of the box.

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Old 27 February 2006, 09:42   #16
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Well I hope the consensus that Icom are good bits of kit is correct…. As I have just had 2 delivered.

And yes as far as taking them out the box they seam nice bits of kit… and any problems with them???? It is nice to know Jon is about.
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Old 27 February 2006, 13:37   #17
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so are you to be known as pedantic pete from now on then?

i have used an icom 421 which is a friends radio and it is great, seems to do the right things and he is pleased as punch with it.
mine has not been on the water yet so my physical radio has not been used yet
the build quality looks good, and it looks like a very similar icom 421 to my friends icom 421!!!!! if you get my jist...

and when i took it out of the box it was lovely, looked nice, felt good, and we shared some special moments together

is that ok? or do i need to have used it for 5 years before sharing an opinion?



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My waterproof cobra ain't too bad...reception and transmission are pretty good-not tried it with DSC though (having an MMSI number would help).but I've had it replaced once under warranty.I suspect that was my fault though as my charging circuit had a mary and put 25 volts across it.

I've got it hooked up to a metz manta stainless whip which I'm quite impressed with-a great improvement over the Glomex one I had previously.
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Old 27 February 2006, 18:23   #19
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I went through 2 £99 XM's in a year replaced under waranty then gave up as I didn't trust them to be there when I needed it so stumped up the extra £100 for an ICOM 421 not had any problems so far.

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Old 27 February 2006, 18:49   #20
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Our old Icom lasted for about seven years before the microphone finally expired!

We replaced it with a 601 Icom radio change and although it's suffered from slight condensation in the display, this doesn't hinder operation at all.

Our purchase was greatly influenced by the reliability of the old set, Icom's reputation in many market sectors, both within and outside the leisure marine marketplace, and their 3 year warranty. Add to this the helpfulness and general bonhomie from "Superradioman" aka Jon Brooks, and there isn't really another choice.

I wouldn't hesitate to purchase an Icom M421 if I were looking for a fixed DSC VHF with a budget of around £200, even though I've never used one!
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