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Old 28 September 2006, 16:02   #1
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Icom IC-M71 - Best price & Entel comparison

I've deduced relying on a single VHF dont give me much credibility in the smart cookie stakes, so I figured I need to invest in a second handheld unit for a back up.

Has anyone seen a better price than this for the Icom M71? (£169.95 Inc VAT)

http://www.g-comm.co.uk/icom.htm

In MBM & some of the other magazines the Entel HT640 hand held comes up with rave reviews. I've always exercised brand loyalty for Icom in marine radios cos theyre reputed to be the best. But I'm interested in the Entel as well, Anyone got one - advice / info appreciated.

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Old 28 September 2006, 16:31   #2
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Stormchild -

Whilst I am a big fan of Icom, I have to say I cannot reccomend my Standard Horizon HX270e handheld enough. An amazing bit of kit that has survived a lot of abuse, and keeps coming back for more! Seems to me to be a bit more solid than the Icom too.

Give daveh on here a pm - he runs Boat Care Uk, and got me the Standard Horizon with delivery for about £115. Came with a useful pack for running it off AA batteries too!
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Recently purchased an M72 which I think is the US version of the M71 and really like it. It's easy to use and works great even when wet. Check out our post http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16193
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Old 28 September 2006, 16:56   #4
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Stormchild -

Whilst I am a big fan of Icom, I have to say I cannot reccomend my Standard Horizon HX270e handheld enough. An amazing bit of kit that has survived a lot of abuse, and keeps coming back for more! Seems to me to be a bit more solid than the Icom too.

Give daveh on here a pm - he runs Boat Care Uk, and got me the Standard Horizon with delivery for about £115. Came with a useful pack for running it off AA batteries too!
I've seen Jimbo's set covered in sand and saltwater and totally abused and when i'm in the market for a new handset that standard horizon will be very high on the list. Its a very small set with a nice bendy aerial.
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I've seen Jimbo's set covered in sand and saltwater and totally abused and when i'm in the market for a new handset that standard horizon will be very high on the list. Its a very small set with a nice bendy aerial.
I also saw one down at the boat show the other day that had a fist mike on it, like you have on your Icom. Give it a couple of months, and if I still have anything left to call a boat, I think I may upgrade!
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Jimbo,

Fist mikes are old hat. I'm after one of those Gecko boom mikes now. Now thats cool.
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Jimbo,

Fist mikes are old hat. I'm after one of those Gecko boom mikes now. Now thats cool.
Alright alright! What is this, prove that Jimbo is behind the times day? http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16303

I'm obviously so out of touch, next thing you'll be telling me I should have in date flares and everything!
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Old 29 September 2006, 03:36   #8
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I've always been an Icom fan, and still am (my fixed sets are icom), but in the handheld vhf case, I went for the HT640 after reading quite a few good reviews online.

Got it from mesltd - http://www.mesltd.co.uk/product_info...roducts_id=958 and it arrived next day. The speaker is very clear and loud, and the battery seems to last an age - my criteria for the thing whatever brand was to have a lithium ion battery pack, since after years of faultless operation, my old Standard HX350S finally would take no more charge into the nicad battery.

If you wait a while, I'm sure the price of the new Icom M71 will come down, and that looks like a well tidy radio.

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Old 30 September 2006, 03:04   #9
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Cheers folks, I think I'll stick with the Icom. Having read some of the threads on here about the high quality of Icom customer support, the £20 or so quid difference for the Entel isnt that much.

Thanks again

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Old 30 September 2006, 09:39   #10
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You've got a good price. I got mine for £185 from JGTech inc VAT & delivery.

http://www.jgtech.com/shop3.htm

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