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Old 11 January 2008, 09:35   #21
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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.
Yep - we may not be exhibiting at the boat show, but we can do a deal on the HX-500e. VHF radio complete with Waterproof Fist Mike and AA Battery tray, yours for 125 (ex delivery).

Drop me a PM if that's any good to you.

(P.S. I'm not going to sit here and tell you how good the sets are, as it's obvious from the above that i'd be biased )
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Old 11 January 2008, 10:50   #22
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Another vote for the HX270
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Old 12 January 2008, 13:52   #23
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I am just about to buy a Handheld as a backup and the Icom M71 looks good to me as well, I may have a look when up at the boat show next week.
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Good deals at the LBS on stand close to ICOM stand offers 71 at 139
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Old 12 January 2008, 15:28   #25
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Standard Horizons are the portables i'd choose I've found them a lot more reliable than Icoms
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Don't buy an Icom IC-M31.

Mine went on the blink less than a year after purchase and they charged me to repair it - now the squelch won't adjust.

Avoid this model.

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Old 14 January 2008, 03:09   #27
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I am just about to buy a Handheld as a backup and the Icom M71 looks good to me as well, I may have a look when up at the boat show next week.
Chris - Let me know what you think of it...
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Old 14 January 2008, 03:09   #28
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Following on from the comment about the yellow canvas cases and I expect it is true of other sets, remember to remove the bater from the pouch to dry the Icom M1 has a habit of corroding the middle pin due to electrolysis. simple answer is to put a piece of tape over the contacts and it stops it.
Other than that the M1 and M71 are great radios, but do they better VfM than the Standard, your call.

Another point that has been noticed with the growth of fist mikes is people putting the radio body in a pocket and sitting down with the radio smothered. They then complain that they can't hear people calling them, most radios don't receive well through the human body, transmit range is reduced as well!
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How about the RAY 101E?

All these options available...
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Old 14 January 2008, 09:41   #30
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How about the RAY 101E?

All these options available...
Yes it often comes out tops in tests. I was going to buy one but already got a load of Raymarine kit so thought I would give something else a go!!!
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