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Old 05 July 2006, 08:43   #1
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Fixed VHF set, which?

Need a new VHF....

Raymarine RAY54E or Icom 421?

Reason for asking, is the pot has about 200 in it and not having purchased any sort of VHF for a good few years now, I find myself well out of touch and dam right bloody confused!

Whats the experiences and thoughts of you good folk?

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Old 05 July 2006, 10:10   #2
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Very happy with my 421
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Not so happy with.......

..my 401, however, I'm awaiting Jon Brooks to reply to my post and email regarding the same so, I'll withhold final comment until he does !
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have an icom 421 and a m1v handheld, very happy with both as lots of folks rate them, and they have worked very well so far never looked at the raymarine so can not comment
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Ta for the comments...

Have hit the old search function here and the 421 appears to have received good press, so much so that I think thats what i'll go and get.
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all the new icom are good, make sure you get DSC if you are getting new you might as well.

I have a older icom one that works well i just needed to change it for the MCA to DSC if anyone wants to throw 20 quid my way ill post it to you. i have a stainless surrounding for it so looks good fitted
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Raymarine is great - usually comes out neck and neck in all the tests with the Icom - Raymarine may be a little easier to use.

Whatever you do don't buy from Cactus or MES in Bristol - they use grey imports as I have found out - they are very quick to take money off you but that is all they seem to be interested in!!!
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Old 05 July 2006, 13:21   #8
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Whatever you do don't buy from Cactus or MES in Bristol - they use grey imports as I have found out - they are very quick to take money off you but that is all they seem to be interested in!!!
I can't comment on these two suppliers, but when I purchased my Icom 421 I phoned Icom to verify that the serial number was from a UK sourced set. They were very helpful and confirmed that it was.
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Old 05 July 2006, 14:46   #9
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421 all the way, look good,simple to use and operate, 200 is a good price for one,
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Well brought the ICM421 VHF set yesterday, will bung it on the RIB at the weekend.

Got it for a fraction less than 200, yes its a UK sourced set. All be it the Marine Super Store at Portsolent dont answer emails!!!! They are able to do good deals, so well worth a shop.

Am replacing one of these the Shipmate VHF which all works ok, just has an infrequent fault that means it turns itself off every once in a while. To be fair may be wiring, I dont know.

Anyways, anybody interested in it?
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