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Old 18 January 2016, 08:05   #1
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Icom ic-m10e

I can get an ICOM IC-M10E VHF for a few euro's. It's an old device, is this still usable ? Usage: I like to have it on my SIB as an extra security-measure besides cell-phone.
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If it works & uses international frequencies & the battery holds charge, go for it.
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Main problem tends to be the battery. The radio might be fine (and probably would be as an Icom!), but once the battery is dead, they can be pretty expensive to replace. If you know what model battery it uses, worth checking on Ebay, as some of the batteries that were shared with their commercial radios and the like are much cheaper to get hold of.
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That icom sometimes came with a "battery pack" that could take 6 standard AAs.

Beware its not waterproof.

For use at sea its fine. For use inland in the Netherlands...? Whats the deal with ?ATIS over there
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Best VHF I've ever owned was the m15e. The next and waterproof version of the m10 - I had the battery pack re built only to find the connector went on the bottom of the unit.

If it still works then a great unit, no matter what its age.
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+1 on the battery thing.

I had an old (like 80s old) ICOM that I used as a backup. The new battery was going to cost more then replacing the entire set!

I now have a floating, waterproof handheld with a battery life nearly 4X the old one!
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