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Old 01 June 2019, 14:41   #1
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VHF HH - oh god another thread

It seems my 16+ year old Icom Euro M1? Doesn't float. It was never meant to, and I kind knew it wouldn't.

Today was the day it was tested.

It's served me well.

I don't need HH DSC - I am mostly doing dinghy coaching.

I do need good waterproof.

I do need floating.

USB charging would certainly not be a bad thing. Or the ability to use the existing charger.

Flash is probably going to get switched off .. it will spend a lot of time wet.

I need M1 & 2 obviously.

So I'm likely looking at a SH or Icom non-dsc replacement.

Who has spotted a cheap bargain recently?
Hx210 for 85 from Gael Force.
Hx300 for 100 from same
Hx40e for 105 - more compact. Anyone actually used one? It's not a set I've seen before

Haven't played with shipping yet to see if anyone beats this overall.

Anyone looked at this recently and done the maths.
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Old 01 June 2019, 14:53   #2
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Jesus, even Willk's Scottish granny would have just snapped one of them up rather than starting a thread to save a quid - is your sailing club that close to Yorkshire you've become as tight as them...

If the battery life of the 40e works for your use, or even better has a swappable battery, I'd be going that way just for its comfort in a pocket.

Can you hear it well enough over the engine, or does something with an ear piece help.

(PS. You don't need it to float, you just needed to tie it on or be more careful)
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No need for an ear piece.

It appears the clip that normally holds it in its pocket didn't quite clip, then a bend over the side to reach a rope and - plop...

16 years of careful. It's done not bad. You can't buy known branded ones these days that don't float I don't think.
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You can't buy known branded ones these days that don't float I don't think.
Doh! the 40e - has a separate float case. Which slightly defeats the purpose of it being compact.

So not that compact. More expensive. And uses a cradle.

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If the battery life of the 40e works for your use, or even better has a swap-able battery, I'd be going that way just for its comfort in a pocket.
Battery is hard installed. My Icom battery worked well - but battery is the most temperamental part of radios over time. Being able to swap would make sense. It charges over 3 hours so less likely to need to hot swap. 12V charge rather than USB.

The 210 is also 12V, so I'd be tempted to take the USB option on the 300 and it has the AAA pack as a backup plan. Anyone want to convince me thats the wrong thing to do?
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16 years of careful. It's done not bad. You can't buy known branded ones these days that don't float I don't think.
Your HX40E doesn't float on its own... I just did the maths on its volume/weight to check in case the spec forgot to mention it!
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16 years is good going and what are the chances of dunking another ( I haven't in over 40years of boating). Icom are the leading brand so why not just buy another and attach 50p worth of shock cord to it if you think you might drop it over the side. I use 3mm shock cord on my dive knife and underwater camera gear etc.
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...and attach 50p worth of shock cord
Crikey - I predict another tightwad bargain hunter thread...
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Can't be that tight, he didn't dive in after it.....
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he didn't dive in after it.....
Deep fried Mars bars.

Play merry hell with yer buoyancy...
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Can't be that tight, he didn't dive in after it.....


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Hx300..... job jobbed.....

Tempted to get myself cobra hh500/600 to replace my hx851 as the Bluetooth feature would be much more beneficial 90% of the time
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