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Old 14 November 2003, 05:51   #1
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I need to sort out a vhf radio, Shall I get it fitted into the console?

Is a icom with dsc as good as anything on the market or does anyone have a good recommendation not to expensive and easy to use.
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Fitted?-Yes
ICOM?-Yes or look at Simrad RD68
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Hi Steve
My views on radio's are reasonably well known as is my bias towards Icom for Marine VHF kit on non comercial vessels.

I would get a fitted set, if only because of the extra power / range you will get. Thought a waterproof hand held for back up is a very good idea.
There seems to be a consensous that that if you are buying a VHF now, you might as well get a DSC compatable one.
Daniel I know has one of the new M601 DSC combined units from Icom and should be able to tell you how it handles for real as opposed to what is in the sales blerb.
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So Am i better off getting a handheld unit also do they have dsc or if I have a fitted unit it would not be needed
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VHFs are tempremental bits of kit. There's lots to go wrong from flat battery, elecronics, thru' wiring to ariel problems. So a handheld as a backup is sensible. Also having the handheld attached to oneself is useful in case of parting company with the RIB!

Most handheld units don't have DSC, and those that do have limited functionality, although they can broadcast a distress signal on pressing the red button.

I would suggest going on the RYA VHF course asap to get an understanding of the principles. I recommend Bisham Abbey Sailing School www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk for this as they use real sets, not computer simulation.
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I would go for the fitted Steve.
It has more power and range.

When you want to stretch to it, get a h/h later.
A h/h looks nice and posey in the pub though, and is slightly useful if you and the boat part company. (If you have it in your pocket at the time, and if you do, how are you keeping a listening watch?) You probably will have it console mounted somewhere wont you? In which case, if you go overboard.................
Also I dont know if there are any h/h DSC units yet.

Still, as I gather you plan to spend most of your time not swimming around miles from the shore, "fixed" wins every time.................unless you park your boat in an area frequented by scrotes and low-lifes though...........in which case you may want to be able to "dismount" it.

In short, there is not a perfect answer.
It depends doesn't it?
"Depends on what"-I hear you cry!
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Whilst you are in a VHF frame of mind, reader, do you know either where I could get the DSC upgrade module for the Icom M59, or Icom's 'phone number? Their web site has changed and now has no useful info on it at all!
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Richard have you tried this number and site for icom

Icom uk
Unit 9, Sea St.
Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8LD, U.K.
Phone: 01227 741741
Fax: 01227 741742
http://www.icomamerica.com/mailbox/index.html
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Ahah! (Alan Partridge style )

Thanks for that Steve.
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Richard is your vhf built in, if so what model have you got I take it thats it an icom
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