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Old 13 August 2012, 16:37   #21
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icom M91D is the icom DSC model - nice bit of kit

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Old 13 August 2012, 17:26   #22
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I'd choose the M71 personally, simply because after 5 years it's still holding charge like new.
I agree, I've had mine for 4 years and it still holds the charge the same now as the day I got it
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Old 14 August 2012, 02:28   #23
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The M71's good battery life comes from Icom including a smart charger with it, this is what helps to make sure the battery gets a proper charge every time it is left on for any length of time. Another point in the M71's favour is the very neat size.

But at about 160 for the Icom and fifty quid less for the Horizon, I would still personally go with the latter.

Standard Horizon have a HX300 in the US, we are waiting to hear if they are going to offer this to the UK market. It is very small and charges from any USB socket.
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Old 14 August 2012, 03:44   #24
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Big recommendation for the SH HX751 - more powerful than others, very loud, great features, waterproof, floating etc and very rugged - built like a brick and really pleased with mine. The DSC version is a lot more money and battery life is poor.
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I'm very pleased with the SH HX851.

Personally I would not buy an non-DSC handheld if that's what you are going to be relying on, especially as other crew can so readily call for help at the push of a button (but see other threads on this issue too). Of course, good to have the licence and training for it too :o)

Plus being able to give coordinates at the push of a button in an emergency is to my mind invaluable, given the much reduced extra cost now.

Yes I'm sure there is an issue of greater battery drain, but you can switch off or reduce the GPS usage to minimise that.

Very happy with VHF prices from Channel Ribs BTW so worth asking them, as well as supporting other trade members on here.

Hope this helps - happy and safe Ribbing

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I'd echo the ICOM or SH offerings . I've had both - but after I dropped the ICOM ( it sunk) I went for a floating SH as the ICOM floaty one was noticably more expensive .

I ended up with a floaty and non floaty SH for the cost of the floaty ICOM .

Both are doing well after a couple of years of weekend / holiday leisure use.

DSC handlheld is whole differing question...great idea & the way forward but I think the next gen of these wil be the ones to get - I feel they will have sorted the battery drain issue & will have combined more of the small plotter features.....and of course reduced the cost.
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I have had the Standard Horizon HX270E for nearly 6 years with no problem!
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Thats the non floaty one i have and an HX750 for floating ...
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I have had the Standard Horizon HX270E for nearly 6 years with no problem!
Me too with a HX270 which is 6yrs old + a 751 which is great.
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I have also got the M71 and in the three years that I have had it, I have been nothing but impressed.

It has been dropped, submerged and generally knocked about a bit. But it still works just as well as the day it came out of the box, I can't believe how well the battery holds a charge, if only my iPhone had the sane battery
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