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Old 24 September 2018, 06:18   #1
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New Fixed VHF required - suggestions please :-)

Upgrading my VHF from a failed ICOM 323 and after a new unit. So after some suggestions.

I hate the way that VHF microphones tend to be hardwired to the head units. The mic on my 323 has failed and requires removal of the entire unit for warranty repair. The only manufacturer I have found that has removable microphones for conventional fixed radios is Garmin, and they are bloody expensive!

The ICOM423 is very reasonably priced, same form factor (so no dash butchery or holes to fill), and supports auxiliary removable microphone. I also like the fact that you can connect a speaker for PA / Horn purposes.

Also tempted by the ICOM IC-M400BB which is a black box receiver, and only supports removeable microphone (plus horn/PA etc). This would allow me to repurpose the existing hole for the 323 in the dashboard for a glove box or a Fusion Stereo which would be nice.

Both of the above have active noise cancelling technology, which is lacking on the 323. Very useful on a RIB.

The ICOM removeable microphone is

Interested in other folks views.

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Old 24 September 2018, 14:44   #2
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If you are disillusioned with Icom, you could look at Standard Horizon.
Rule#2: Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level & then beat you with experience.
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Old 24 September 2018, 15:29   #3
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My tuppence worth:

Refit the refurbed unit - it will be "as new".

Then get interactive with your fate and don't leave the mike lying out overnight facing upwards in all weather. Maybe bag it or hang it somewhere sheltered or leave it face down. (I leave mine under the windshield).

Those other options will cost you money and let you down in similar fashion later, IMO.
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Don't go "adventurous" with cheaper brands. The way I class these manufacturers:

Cobra - stuff people but on this forum is Cobra's "high end", which makes limited field for real innovation and experience.

Icom - stuff mentioned on this forum is "entry level" for them, so we're benefiting from a lot of experience which Icom developed on the processional and high end market.

SH - pretty much like Icom.
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