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Old 24 April 2015, 16:39   #1
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Handheld VHF Radio

I want to buy a handheld radio as back up to the fixed radio on my RIB.
Any suggestions, not looking for loads of fancy functions, just want reliable and robust.
Been searching but with so much out there, thought best thing to do is ask the experts!
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Can't really go wrong with Icom stuff. Entry level from 130.
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Can't really go wrong with Icom stuff. Entry level from 130.
indeed! If you are going to carry a back up to the main radio it will only be required in exceptional circumstances, so get an exceptional radio!
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Icom m31 or the latest derivative.


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I want to buy a handheld radio as back up to the fixed radio on my RIB.
Any suggestions, not looking for loads of fancy functions, just want reliable and robust.
Been searching but with so much out there, thought best thing to do is ask the experts!
People are suggesting ICOM and they are widely regarded as being one of the market leaders. Generally most people who have used Standard Horizon are happy with their offerings too.

Whichever you get if its going to sit in a pocket/bag doing nothing you want one with a "physical" on-off switch (usually a rotating knob) not a soft key (which you press). As soft keys are gently draining the battery even when off and if you really need it you want it to work.
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Have a couple of these,battery life is very good.


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I've a couple of Icom m33s. One lives on my LJ in a radio pocket on the rear harness.

Always there if needed and a great little unit.
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This comes up a lot over the years - always comes down to Icom or Standard Horizon, I use a Standard Horizon and it has been excellent.
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Have a couple of these,battery life is very good.


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I got an M73 Euro in December, charged it and haven't used it. It's still got half the battery life 4 months later.
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You'll not go far wrong with either SH or Icom, just avoid Cobra.
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