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Old 10 July 2017, 04:35   #1
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Icom 411 (Providing additional support to VHF radios)

I have had an Icom 411 fixed VHF for about 9 years. In this time the case has broken 3 times. The unit is flush mounted. The head of the unit seperates form the main body of the radio (broken twice and squelch had broken once).

I have ordered a new icom 323 unit. This new unit will also be flush mounted.

I am wondering if any users here provide additional support to VHF units on the inside of the console as there is a lot of leverage on the head of the unit if flush mounted.

The quality of the received and TX on the icom is excellent.

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Do you use the flush mounting brackets or just rely on the sealant?
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I use sealant and the flush mount fittings


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Do you use the proper stainless flush mounting brackets that are an optional extra or the pissy little bits of plastic that come free? The proper ones use a jacking screw arrangement that I suppose could be over tightened. Also I've had problems in the past with Raymarine gear failing due to the sealant attacking the plastic casing. Never had a problem with Icom though.
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I use the proper metal fittings that are produced by Icom at an extra cost of circa 25-30 euro
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They're the ones it's possible to overtighten them if you get a bit enthusiastic with the spanner. This would put strain between the body & fascia. I just run them up finger tight & then a light "nip"
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Also I've had problems in the past with Raymarine gear failing due to the sealant attacking the plastic casing. Never had a problem with Icom though.
I have, one of my 411s has a nice layer of chemical metal keeping it together now as the original sealant eating through the plastic.
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