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Old 12 January 2004, 17:40   #1
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Electronics.....

Looking to get Garmin 182C.

Require a seperate sounder, has anyone got experience of new garmin 120.

Any recommendations of alternatives ?

Radios, Icom M601 V Icom M503 & DS100.
The M503 looks a more robust unit, but double the space with the DS100.
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Old 12 January 2004, 18:02   #2
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Don't know the 120 but I'm not impressed with its predecessors. Try searching this forum under Garmin - others have had similar problems.

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I was also looking at the Garmin 182C, but I won't be buying a sounder from them!

Humminbird, Eagle and Navman seem good value for money, I'll be getting one with a Speed/log tranducer though.

With reguard radio equipment, the Icom DSC stuff is a bit bulky for my RIB (if only they sold the 402 in the UK), I'll be looking at the Silva S10 (good value I think, at 200).

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Old 12 January 2004, 19:52   #4
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I have the 182 BW and am very impressed with it, I assume the colour is even better but for the money I am happy with the BW. I also have the 240blue sounder and can sum it up in one one *@/?*?!
The silva s15 is a really good piece of kit, a lot simpler to use than it looks at first and if you have room has integrated NAVTEX.
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Rupert, I think you'll find it needs a navtex engine to drive it.
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The active Navtex aerial just plugs straight in the back and you have NAVTEX. I was quoted 65 on top of the radio price to have this but the aerials were not available at the time(they are now).
You don't need anything else as the aerial does it all.
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Hi Peter

Think other people sum up what I think of Garmin sounders, Great GPS's/Plotters, S**T sounders.

I use a Lowrance X51 and find it great. Small display but high res and good detail, which suits me as I am not looking for fish but trying to avoid rocks/bottom.

After many many trys to get a previous Garmin 160Blue relialable, and never got it to work past 5 Kts, I slapped the Lowrance transducer in the engine bay with silicone, first place I found and it works at all speeds, never loses lock and shows good detail.

For my money I would buy Lowrance again.

As for VHF's I use the ICOM 503/DSC100and like it. If your short of space though what about the Simrad RD68. Not heard bad reports about it, does anyone use the RD68 and can comment.


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I have had RD68's on my last 3 boats.
The only (small) problem I have EVER had is that my current set has wandered very slightly off frequency, in transmission mode.
The display is small, but hey, you are not trying to read a novel on it are you?
In practise, you set it to Ch.16 and your Dual Watch channel and forget about it.
Must admit I have not used any of the DSC functions AT ALL.

For my next purchase I would definately go for one again or perhaps look in detail at this new ICOM DSC set which has a loudspeaker capability ("WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GOING, YOU MISERABLE SNOTTY YOTTIE") which people have posted good reports about. Is it the ICOM 601?
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I have had RD68's on my last 2 ribs. Sets are great but the buttons are a bit small if you are wearing gloves. We always put an extensions speaker on to make in loader at high speeds.
DSC function works fine. I have used it a number of times for routine calls.
Brian, if you want to use DSC, Brixham CG are always happy for you to call them using it.

Off shopping at the show for a Garmin 188C and an Icom 601. (well thats what I have in mind anyway).
Anyone have any experiences of them?
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The active Navtex aerial just plugs straight in the back and you have NAVTEX. I was quoted 65 on top of the radio price to have this but the aerials were not available at the time(they are now).
You don't need anything else as the aerial does it all.
Yes and no. It's a navtex aerial + receiver ( commonly called an engine ) which plugs into the back.
I'm pleased to hear they are available now. I need one, so thanks for that.
I believe the NASA ones work fine too, but they cost more.

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