To side track slightly and go back to the question of good or bad 'uns.
I have a cobra fixed DSC/VHF.
3) ease of installation (small size)
4) fist mic/speaker for use while motoring (hold it near your ear)
Not so good points:
1) Not watertight (misting).
2) Internal speaker not powerful enough (its on the fist mic).
3) Mic sensitive to wind noise.
4) Speaker fills with water and has to be shaken out before use.
5) Only 10 MMSI memories.
6) Not able to directly type in an arbitary MMSI, it has to be stored first.
7) Distress switch cover keeps falling off.
8) Buttons on fist mic for channel up/down easily pressed by accident. (have now disabled these switches)
If I had been able to trial it, I would have saved up and bought an Icom or Navman.
For hand held I have an Icom ICM1 euro. Only critiscism is the battery contacts rot and the niCads have perished as well, though it is a few years old now. Replacement battery from Icom £90
. Brand new radio £128
.!!!!! Could I buy a radio, charger, power lead and dry cell adaptor for £38 please.
I dont mind paying out for realistically priced spares, but... Even RS can do the cells for around £20. So a price of around £40 for a battery pack is a much more sensible price.Maybe Jon can answer why replacements bits are so expensive whereas I can get the whole package for a little more.
Over to you Jon