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Old 26 January 2006, 17:44   #11
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Why the hell don't they use the Yaesu name then - they have a fantastic reputation for HAM radios etc.
Might this lead to some confusion between buying a Ham radio and a Marine radio? Not sure, but it might make it less clear what you're buying leading to mistakes - better to have 2 seperate brands perhaps. Just an idea...
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Old 26 January 2006, 18:46   #12
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Might this lead to some confusion between buying a Ham radio and a Marine radio? Not sure, but it might make it less clear what you're buying leading to mistakes - better to have 2 seperate brands perhaps. Just an idea...
Nah - Icom don't have a different name for each target market - otherwise their other handhelds would be called things like honk honk(taxis) and HELP for yachtsmen!!!
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Old 26 January 2006, 19:28   #13
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Why the hell don't they use the Yaesu name then - they have a fantastic reputation for HAM radios etc.
I think it is due to the fact that Standard Horizon, which began business in 1951 in the States, was bought up by the Vertex Group in the 60`s. By this time the name Standard Horizon had become well established in America for its quality marine equipment and Vertex could see no benefit in changing the name.
Just my twopennce worth.
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Old 27 January 2006, 05:00   #15
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Interesting that you have a concept of Hyundai as "low end". Funnily enough they're one of, if not THE biggest shipbuilders in the World, from memory......
...............about boats (not that I knew that anyway) I'm talkin about their cars. Whilst the may be super vehicles with all the same virtues as say my audi or a beamer, saab etc etc...........it's the badge and the xudos attached to it (or lack of it) that I had in mind.

It's a bit like the 20" LCD t.v I have on my kitchen wall, it's made by "Beko" - who I hear you say ! Well if you had ever been to Turkiye you'd knw them as one of the regions largest and most respected manufacturers of brown goods akin to Sharp, Toshiba or Hitachi (not the best but certainly very good). However here in England I picked mine up for 349.99 simply because the name is does not have the xudos of Sharp etc let alone Sony....
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What a lot of people these days don't realise is that often products are not only built but also designed by 3rd party companies who then approach the big names to MARKET their goods - for example a product SOLD with a Sony badge may not only not have been built by them but also not even designed by them either!!!

Laptops are a classic example - DELL certainly don't make theirs and in many cases neither do Toshiba or Sony.
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Laptops are a classic example - DELL certainly don't make theirs and in many cases neither do Toshiba or Sony.
Friend of mine works for Elonex Computers, and he said to me something like there are only actually about 4 companies that make laptops, they just get rebranded.


I think the general consensus is that certainly with radios, standard horizon are good, as they should be, being part of Yaesu. With the other kit, I've not heard anything bad about them, but then again you get kit failure with just about any manufacturer.
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Funny there is a lot of the marine radio's on the market at the mo that are "badged" even from some that you would not expect it from.

Glad to say that all of our marine units are built in Japan at Icom factories.
Whilst some people "badge" our radio's we never "badge" any radio's from anyone else.

The Standard radio's are good bits of kit.
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The best thing about Standard is they are in Winchester and if you drop off they will fix and send out by next post ! Great for us southerners along the Solent .
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