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Old 10 January 2008, 17:23   #11
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Anyone use one of these? Icom IC-M71
The reason i asked about the IC-M71 is the fact that the M1 did so well

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Don't get me wrong, the waterproof M-71 is a really good handheld It's 6w too rather than 5w when on hi power-so 3x the power of the cheapo Cobra tat.Mine's taken quite a beating and a good few dunkings and is like new still The Li-on (think it's Li-on, might be NiMh) battery seems to hold charge for ages too.

I just think you'll get a better deal from Standard Horizon price-wise for pretty much the same spec unless you want a floating one.

<edit> yes, it's a Li-on 200mah battery.
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Old 10 January 2008, 18:13   #13
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I was considering a floating Icom but then I saw that it only just floats so still isn't that visible. Also it's battery life is compromised. The HX270e is so small it can easily remain attached to your jacket or in your pocket - perfect.

I don't think wattage really makes that much of a difference - aerial height is so much more important.
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I use one of those hi-vis floating straps they make for binoculars - much easier to see than a mostly submerged black radio. (Yes ... learned from bitter experience!)
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I bought the I-com floating one after my last one sunk It may be more expensive, but still cheaper than having one sink..

Although it floats I have still attached a couple Inflating keyrings just to make sure I can see it.

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Anyone use one of these? Icom IC-M71
I have one with the water proof handset and it is an excellent setup. Best feature is the long standby battery life. Would certainly buy it again.
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I would defiantly recommend a standard horizon hand held. I've got both the 89 one (the model escapes me) and the HX500e with fist mike. Both are really solid, totally waterproof and the battery lasts for absolutely ages. I used to have a 100 silva thing that didn't like getting wet, had a terrible battery life (it needed charging after a days use) and was big and heavy. The SH sets are really solid (I've dropped mine and it doesn't mind) are totally waterproof (left one in a locker full of water for a few days and it worked fine after). The MX500e is a bit smaller than the other model, and has more features. The only downside is that it doesn't like being near other electrics; if I get it too close to the console it makes lots of noise. I believe SH are working on a fix for this. The downside for the other model is that the belt clip is a complete pain; the one on the hx500 is much more usable.
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i have to agree with tim. I have a Standard Horizon HX 500 and is really good, espically with the fist mike.

I believe Jon Brooks, has posted on here about a deal that they are doing at the London boatshow on the HX500. Have a look on here.

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Recomened VHF

I would most certenly go with the icom ic-m71 i have one of my own and it is the best i have ever had.

The AquaQuack function is superb if you get water in the speaker jsut press 2 buttons on the radio and you hear a sound like 9 sec buzzingand water no more

Also it is compactand easy to use
The shape of it fits right into your hand it feels almost like a thick mobile phone

You can get a yellow canvas case for them which was made for the M1EuroV but it fit's the IC-M71 perfectly so you can see it if it fall's over board

Certenly go for the ICOM IC-M71 best radio i have ever used

PS - I used to have the ICOM IC-M21 great little radio
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