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Old 10 January 2008, 10:29   #1
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Recommendations for Handheld VHF

I am looking for a good all round handheld VHF device - its not going to just be put in a grab bag.

I have been looking at units for about 6 months but they seem to vary so much in price, but all seem to function the same.

So I am after some recommendations on any particular unit’s people are using, and if anyone has any ones to avoid.

My main requirements are:
• Re-Chargeable
• Has the option to run on normal batteries – if required
• Waterproof
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I am looking for a good all round handheld VHF device - its not going to just be put in a grab bag.

I have been looking at units for about 6 months but they seem to vary so much in price, but all seem to function the same.

So I am after some recommendations on any particular unit’s people are using, and if anyone has any ones to avoid.

My main requirements are:
• Re-Chargeable
• Has the option to run on normal batteries – if required
• Waterproof
Generally speaking you will find the Standard Horizon 270 well regarded by many people on here. They have also been pretty well recieved in any magazine reviews I have had. There are also ICOM fans here who I am sure will be able to comment on their best value unit.

I have an SH 270E for the application you describe (should cost less than £90 with boat show special offers at the moment). I also have a cheap Cobra unit (I think it retails for about £50) which is pretty crappy in comparison and has put me off cobra electronics.

If you want to spend more you can - but in terms of radio performance it won't be any better, and with the possible exception of the Entel it isn't going to be any more robust. I would speculate that the entry level SH and Icom units are what 85% of people here will have.
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Icom IC-M71

Anyone use one of these? Icom IC-M71
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I bought a Standard Horizon Submersible VHF for £87.99. From Marine Speed.
No problems with it so far..

It came with a wall charger, or the option to use normal batteries, its also waterproof like you want.
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Anyone use one of these? Icom IC-M71
Got one next to me. It's a very good unit but you can't use AA cells in it. Realistically I don't think it's any better than the Standard Horizon 270 but costs a lot more. The floating Icom might be worth a look but it's a lot of money.
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The Entel Ht****** Can't remember the exact model but the waterproof one with the litium battery which last forever. We have them at our club and I try and get the one with the handmic cos its great and fully submersable. It does work after its been in the water as I have done that many a time.
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Get the Standard Hx270E

Got mine from allgadgets - great service as always and he's a member on here!!!

http://www.allgadgets.co.uk/ag/produ...pf%5Fid=AG4031

The radio is very well made - has the spare aa battery tray and is nice and compact in size. It comes with a very good belt/lifejacket clip. The set is very very simple to use.

Only 2 tiny niggles - no knob for squelch - it's on a key - and I can't find a way of scanning all channels - you have to add to memory 1st one at a time.

For the money it's fantastic - feels more like £200 than £85!!!

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Standard Hx270E

I can second the Standard Hx270E. Use mine on the Menai Straits with no problems talking to Hollyhead. Also the added safety of the AA battery trap.
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Only 2 tiny niggles - no knob for squelch - it's on a key - and I can't find a way of scanning all channels - you have to add to memory 1st one at a time.
Both correct. There is a dedicated squelch button on the side and then just up or down to adjust. The scan mode setup does at least mean you don't get all the traffic you're not interested in.
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Both correct. There is a dedicated squelch button on the side and then just up or down to adjust. The scan mode setup does at least mean you don't get all the traffic you're not interested in.
The squelch is a bit severe - it is off on position 0 and then it is on at position 1 so not much adjustment. Having said that it seems to work well enough but a knob would be nice!!!
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