Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 13 June 2012, 08:34   #1
Member
 
Nick Hearne's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Bucks
Boat name: Blue & Ding Dong
Make: Ribeye,SR4 & Bombard
Length: 6m +
Engine: 115,50 & 15Hp Yams
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 3,242
Recommendations on a budget fixed VHF radio DSC

Right recommendations on a budget fixed VHF radio DSC please, as I have looked in to getting mine repaired & with 45 + vat + parts + postage its not looking good to get it repaired!

Will be connected to my Navman Trackfish 6600


STANDARD HORIZON GX1100

STANDARD HORIZON GX1600E

ICOM IC M411 EURO

LOWRANCE LVR-250E
__________________

__________________
Member of the Ribeye supporters club!!!
Member of Bombard 380 Aerotec club
Member of SR4 club
Nick Hearne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 June 2012, 09:02   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: South Yorkshire
Boat name: Condor
Make: Proshore
Length: under 3m
Engine: Merc 3.5
MMSI: 235907337
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 26
I have the icom ic m411 nice radio, easy enough to connect nmea 183 and has decent features not come across the others so can't give an opinion. Force4 are doing em for 140 now too.
__________________

__________________
Bobh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 June 2012, 10:01   #3
RIBnet supporter
 
Pikey Dave's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: South Yorks
Boat name: Black Pig
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: DF140a
MMSI: 235111389
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 7,584
RIBase
Out of your list I've only got experience of Icom, top quality kit & good service. I doubt you'll get better for the money.
__________________
Rule#2: Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level & then beat you with experience.
Rule#3: Tha' can't educate pork.
Rule#4: See rule#5
Pikey Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 June 2012, 17:44   #4
Member
 
Razorbill RIBs's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: N. Pembrokeshire
Boat name: Various
Make: RIBs & Hovercraft
Length: 9m +
Engine: Outboards
MMSI: Various
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,357
RIBase
I would reccomend the Standard Horizon kit.... In fact, the GX1500e has now been discontinued (replaced by shallower 1600) but they are still out there and can be had for nearer 100..... good quality, good displays..... We have three and all trouble /fault free.
__________________
Dan Worth
www.razorbillribs.co.uk

Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php...17306504953480
Razorbill RIBs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 June 2012, 18:44   #5
SPR
Trade member
 
SPR's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Central Belt of Scotland
Boat name: Puddleduck III
Make: Bombard
Length: 5m +
Engine: 50 HP
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,066
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
Out of your list I've only got experience of Icom, top quality kit & good service. I doubt you'll get better for the money.
+1 for ICOM
__________________
SPRmarine / SPRtraining
RYA Training Courses & Safety Equipment Sales
SPR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 June 2012, 20:13   #6
Member
 
Hightower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7,855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Razorbill RIBs View Post
I would reccomend the Standard Horizon kit.... In fact, the GX1500e has now been discontinued (replaced by shallower 1600) but they are still out there and can be had for nearer 100..... good quality, good displays..... We have three and all trouble /fault free.
I've got the older GX1500 and that's served me well for 4 years, pick up an out of date model like this and save yourself some more 's
__________________
Andy

Looks Slow but is Fast
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club.
Hightower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 June 2012, 03:34   #7
Member
 
SteveHall's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Lancs
Boat name: Beretta
Make: Ballistic
Length: 6m +
Engine: 175hp e-tec
MMSI: 235035778
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,719
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPR View Post
+1 for ICOM
Another for the ICOM kit! I have had 3 now on other boats, and all been really good!
__________________
Steve
Member of S.A.B.S. (Lancashire Division)
https://www.justgiving.com/blind-sailing
https://www.facebook.com/rib.beretta/
SteveHall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 June 2012, 03:40   #8
RIBnet supporter
 
Erin's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: A large rock
Boat name: La Frette
Make: Osprey Vipermax
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200 Suzzy
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 2,830
I have nothing against the performance of the Icom, but the other manufacturers have far easier menu structures. This may not concern you if you only do voice calls, but if you want to do position requests or dsc then it gets very complicated with lots of button pressing involved. The button labelling is not the most obvious either IMV. Download the manuals from the websites and have a flick through.
Erin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 June 2012, 05:21   #9
Member
 
martini's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: jersey
Boat name: Martini II
Make: Arctic 28/FC470
Length: 8m +
Engine: twin 225Opti/50hp 2t
MMSI: 235067688
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,021
Icom have just brought out a new menu structure across the range, dunno what it's like but better than previous one hopes.

Sent from my portable speaking device using Rib.net
__________________
martini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 June 2012, 05:26   #10
Member
 
Channel Ribs's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: Alderney
Length: no boat
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,047
I agree with Erin, nothing wrong with the Icoms at all. But for me the Horizons have awesome build quality.

You can get a 1600 for under 150 quid.
__________________

__________________
Channel Ribs is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:41.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.