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Old 18 November 2008, 10:57   #11
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Thats interesting - we are looking to link it with a Garmin 550s, to be honest though even if they guarantee a new one or to fix it you can be sure you'll be fitting the new radio on the one nice summers day (we finally get) when you'd rather be out on it, seems as if I-com is a safer bet.
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Old 18 November 2008, 19:13   #12
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Thats interesting - we are looking to link it with a Garmin 550s, to be honest though even if they guarantee a new one or to fix it you can be sure you'll be fitting the new radio on the one nice summers day (we finally get) when you'd rather be out on it, seems as if I-com is a safer bet.
As a radio, I like the Raymarine, and the first one worked perfectly until something happened to the volume control. I think there's a quality control problem, or there was at the time. We'll see.
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Old 19 November 2008, 15:44   #13
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First thing to check............is the Garmin's output still set to "garmin" and not NMEA. All Garmin kit comes out of the factory set to "garmin". If it is not changed to NMEA it will not talk to the radio or any other device needing a NMEA feed.

If I remember right the Ray 54 is a badged product and not a gen Raymarine bit of kit.

Icom and SH come with a 3 year warranty the Raymarine only has 1 year.
Without a doubt the Icom M411 or SH GX-1500 are much better bits of kit for the money. Also the SH comes with the flush mount kit in the box. Its another 14 + vat for the Icom. The SH can also take a second station mic, neither the Icom or Raymarine can. Also the SH is the only one to have 2 way NMEA. So if it gets an incoming DSC distress or position request it will output that info to a chart plotter. The Garmin can display that info.

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Old 20 November 2008, 08:03   #14
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Icom and SH come with a 3 year warranty the Raymarine only has 1 year.
Doesn't fill me with Raymarine faith if they dont trust their products im not sure I would. Interesting point about the SH DSC display, seems SH make good kit but the icom seems far more popular around schools which makes me more attracted to them
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To be honest, I think it comes down to familiarity.

I know a lot of schools that think new radio - then look through the Icom brochure picking out the most appropriate product from said brochure. Hence why most use either M90 or M71 hand helds, or the Icom fixed units. It's not to be commended though - you've got to choose the best kit for the job at the best price, and it aint always what's familiar!

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Also Icom have been around a long time so the name is well known.
Now if SH called their kit Yaesu (part of the same company) people would know that they have been around just as long.

The other thing is that both companies build all their own kit in their own factories and don't have them made for them or rebadge. I guess that is why they offer 3 years warranty and most other don't.

The display on the GX-1500 is bigger and better than that of the M411. I also find the Raymarine display a bit washed out and not as clear as either of the others.

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Old 20 November 2008, 11:44   #17
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Also Icom have been around a long time so the name is well known.
Now if SH called their kit Yaesu (part of the same company) people would know that they have been around just as long.

The other thing is that both companies build all their own kit in their own factories and don't have them made for them or rebadge. I guess that is why they offer 3 years warranty and most other don't.

The display on the GX-1500 is bigger and better than that of the M411. I also find the Raymarine display a bit washed out and not as clear as either of the others.

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You're beginning to convince me Jon. I like the idea of the SH marking the distress pos. on the plotter. I'm still committed to the Raymarine for the moment, but if the next one doesn't work it's curtains for them as they're obviously not of merchantable quality. Sad.

Re. your previous comment, both GPS 126 and 550 plotter are set to NMEA - the GPS was sending its pos to the first radio I had. It wouldn't speak to the second one even though there had been no adjustment. I thought the GPS may have developed a fault, so that gave me the push to buy the plotter. Great piece of kit, but the radio wouldn't listen to that either. It did receive and transmit though and the volume control worked too. It seems one can't have everything.
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Old 20 November 2008, 14:37   #18
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well over the years I have it is more likely to be theGPS but if it worked fine and all you have done is conect it to a new radio then that leaves either a dodgy conection or the radio is a fault.

I have two vhf's and two plotters, all SH kit, they are all wired to display any incomming distress calls on the plotters and it works well. I have also used it when cruising to pin point other boats in the group. Also have a class b AIS system on the boat, this info is also displayed on the plotters.
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Having had an Icom im my last rib and now the GX-1500 I would deffinately stick with the SH on my next rib, much more tactile and better V4M.

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