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Old 03 September 2007, 12:32   #1
Country: UK - England
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Boat name: 7up
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Handheld VHF

I am sure its in here, but the search seems to be turning up everything but ...

THe kids managed to loose my handheld last weekend so I am in the market for a new one so;
Whats everyone got and how good is it?
I had a Silva and I could never get the volume above whisper.

I want :
Waterproof, Loud, knobs for vol and sqlch, favorite 3 channels then simple as possible.

It's a back up for the fixed set, but also my way of keeping a tether on the teenagers when they have the SIB out as well (until they throw the thing in the water to see if it really is water proof. At 25 knots. And then cant find it!!!

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
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Old 03 September 2007, 13:22   #2
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Look at a cheap Icom set.

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Old 03 September 2007, 13:33   #3
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Handheld VHF

Also looking for main set... any comments appreciated. Read some of the posts.. decision between Standard Horizon HX270e (£86) and Icom M71 (£145)

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Old 03 September 2007, 13:48   #4
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i've always gone for Icom personally, big buttons and big screen but may have a lot do with me being familiar with them. It's a bit like buying Nokia mobiles for years then going to a Sony!
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Old 03 September 2007, 14:02   #5
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standard horizon all the way, they are sooo good, and soo robust. Will never buy an icom again.
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Old 03 September 2007, 14:09   #6
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I had a Silva handset. I couldn't get it to transmit as well as dad's handheld. Not sure what type it is though.

My handset I believe was the Silva S12? Something like that. I didn't get on with it. The charger hole protective rubber piece would never stay in and as I say, it wouldn't transmit/receive properly. I wasn't able to use it to communicate with boats I could see??

Anyway, problem solved there because the clip broke on me, fell off my lifejacket and sank to the bottom of the briney! lol

Any suggestions for another good, cheap, waterproof handheld?
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Old 03 September 2007, 15:19   #7
Country: Ireland
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Recently moved from a fixed set on a 6.5m rib to needing a good handheld for a Thundercat (Big thanks to Nautibuoy!). Had a look at quite a few and having only recently completed my VHF DSC course I had a better idea than before of what I was looking at and for.

The Icom sounded best at the start since it would float, but then I looked a little closer and the floating was inverted with just it's arse barely above the water. I'm guessing that if you drop one of these o/board it's going to be in difficult conditions so looking for a handheld with just a bit of it's arse looking up is gonna be hard.

Eventually settled for the standard horizon xh270e - it's submersible, great clear sound even through a w/proof pouch and a grab-bag, and it's a LOT cheaper than the Icom. 2 cents worth
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Old 03 September 2007, 15:34   #8
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I have the icom m71, great unit, feels very robust, very good standby battery life and works well with the waterproof extension handset.

I've justified the extra cost on the basis it is just me using it and it's going to last a long long time.
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Old 03 September 2007, 15:36   #9
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I had a M31 till the kid lost it in 3m of water got it back when the tide went out. (it is dead now) Was not too happy with it bit big and seldom loud enough when on the move to hear any one calling.

Have borrowed a M71 and much nicer bit of kit to use. Planning to get one my self down at the boat show. The M33 looks to be a fair bit bigger than the M71 but will see how big it is at the show.

The standard horizon xh270e is tempting at the price but it is just as has been said before Nokia to Sony
“The only difference between men and boys, is the price and size of their toys”
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Old 03 September 2007, 16:25   #10
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I have an Icom M1EuroV, coastguard issue with plug in mike/speaker so ya can clip it on your shoulder and still hear what its on about at speed or when ya need both hands for a job. Been rained on, sprayed on,snowed on etc etc and had numerous dunkings throughout the time I have had it. Rinse under the tap and its fine. Li-ion battery with good life-bit big/heavy compared to new models -but then again I know if its fallen outa m'pocket

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