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Old 27 October 2004, 13:38   #1
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best budget vhf

I know it's been covered before but as the electronics market changes so quickly was just wondering people's views on the best DSC VHF under say £200.

Obviously will be used on an open RIB so toughness/waterproofing qualities most important!

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Old 27 October 2004, 14:08   #2
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There is one make that will stand up to Rib abuse and water etc... and it saves you loads of money , throught years of reliable service... it just cant be beaten for value for money ...... ICOM .... nothing else comes close.

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Old 27 October 2004, 14:11   #3
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What about the Raymarine Ray54E any views on this one
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Old 27 October 2004, 14:11   #4
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to be honest I don't think any of them are waterproof ( weather or not they have been produced to IP67 or whatever the submersible standard is. so make sure that whatever unit you buy comes with a weather cover or you stick inside a watertight box (Hendersen make one)
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Old 27 October 2004, 17:01   #5
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Whos Hendersen??
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Old 27 October 2004, 21:50   #6
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Little firm just outside Belfast who are rather big over here, making water tight hatches.
Most of the chandlers stock them, 6" round ABS plastic with o ring to seal to make water proof.

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Old 28 October 2004, 08:19   #7
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The Icom 421 I have just bought to replace the Silva S10, S12 and S15 I have had seems to be much better. Ask me again in a few months, none of the Silvas lasted past 4 of them.

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