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Old 16 March 2005, 10:22   #1
Country: UK - England
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is entel ht640 better than icom m31?

i am in the market for a handheld vhf, and am stuck between the choice of the entel or an icom. i would go icom, but i realy dont like the ni-cad batteries, against the entel which has a li-ion battery.
the entel has a 3 year waranty and has the 15 hour battery life, which i like also.
does anybody have any experience or oppinions of/with these units?

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Old 16 March 2005, 11:56   #2
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I have the Entel.. It was recommended by the Chandlers I bought it from.. The only small niggle, is that if your carrying it in a bag, etc, it can sometimes turn itself on, as the on/off switch is just a twiddly knob.. Apart from that, it's fine..

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Old 16 March 2005, 15:52   #3
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Purchased the Entel with separate mike/speaker,no problems yet,left it turned on for 3 days to test battery it was still going strong with 3 bars still showing.Would recommend the separate handpiece as you can put the radio out of the way and clip the mike on to your life jacket and it's alot easier to handle if you end up in the water.
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Old 18 March 2005, 01:36   #4
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the Entel and the Icom M31 can not really be put up against each other.
The units are so very diff in spec.

The Icom radio to compare with the Entel would be the M1EuroV

It was just prior to the Boat show over 100 more expensive.
It is now much better priced against the Entel.

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Old 18 March 2005, 02:55   #5
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Icom any day. If you have any problems you can anyways moan at Jon here on Ribnet!!

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Old 18 March 2005, 03:03   #6
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I'm sure to be corrected but I think the entel are rather similar to the old standard's which were great but you had to keep them dry, mine was unrecoverable after the second flooding. Since then I've bought 2 icoms M15e & M1v and abused them rather well and they still work fine. As the prices are much closer now I would go for Icom, seen what out door Edd centers do to them and they still work season after season.

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