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Old 24 October 2010, 16:10   #21
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Dodgy!

Unless I'm being really stupid, it's not the radio I thought it was.
It's not euroapprovedthingamybobby we talked about on my VHF course, so if I tried to use it in the UK bad things would happen.
Does this sound right?
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Old 24 October 2010, 16:43   #22
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Unless I'm being really stupid, it's not the radio I thought it was.
It's not euroapprovedthingamybobby we talked about on my VHF course, so if I tried to use it in the UK bad things would happen.
Does this sound right?
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Potentailly - there are certainly a few headaches to using US radios in the EU. Not least of which the channels normally used by sailing clubs for the sort of work you do may not be set up correctly!

However probably more importantly it has NiCd batteries which are crap. I'm not sure if this is the Icom model which suffers from the self discharge "problem" (essentially it is always using some power even when turned off).
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Polwart, thank you.
Thought I was on for an awesome deal then! :'(

On the slightly plus side, the cobras seem to have a better reputation now
Apparently one guy dropped it over the side (on a bit of string) @30knts, and then accidentally dropped it out of the window of his truck at speed and it still worked. (apparently all by accident :s)

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US Radio's have different channel spacing and some are not switchable to Int channels. Additionally the M31 has a "soft key" on - off and WILL flatten the batteries in about 1 week. The only way to stop this is to remove the battery, hardly a user friendly system.
As polwart mentioned US Radio's donot have M & M1, be aware also some UK ones do not either however I believe I am right to say ICOM do althought the are label differently P & P1 i believe.
It's also worth mentioning that a operators certificate is not required tp use M or M1 only!
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agreed, NiCd are bad & virtually obsolete. NiMh also self discharge at about 10% a month but have little residual memory so can be recharged before they are flat. The Icom M71 has Lithium batteries which are currently as good as battery technology gets within the sensible price range.
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Old 24 October 2010, 17:02   #26
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US Radio's have different channel spacing and some are not switchable to Int channels. Additionally the M31 has a "soft key" on - off and WILL flatten the batteries in about 1 week. The only way to stop this is to remove the battery, hardly a user friendly system.
As polwart mentioned US Radio's donot have M & M1, be aware also some UK ones do not either however I believe I am right to say ICOM do althought the are label differently P & P1 i believe.
Thank you, ashby power.
I realised you couldn't use US radios because of channels and stuff (sadly after I posted the post and made myself look like a numpty :P)
I never really understood the M/37a/P1 thing, I have to say!
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Old 24 October 2010, 17:08   #27
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SJHooper (on here) had a 2009 M71 for sale recently for 100. I'd be dropping him a line if I were you! Clicky
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SJHooper (on here) had a 2009 M71 for sale recently for 100. I'd be dropping him a line if I were you! Clicky
Thank you, Shall contact.
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Additionally the M31 has a "soft key" on - off and WILL flatten the batteries in about 1 week. The only way to stop this is to remove the battery, hardly a user friendly system.
Must be a contender for the "most crap bit of design ever thought up for a handheld radio" award!

What a completely stupid idea

I have always liked Icoms but I won't be buying one of those...
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i have a icom + a knive + hand flares in a bum bag on my front .,i have used this for some years & it seems to work
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