Originally Posted by spartacus
To clarify. The rubber antenna was one of the after-market things mounted on the "A" frame for a fixed unit. It worked but it's performance was just pi55 poor.
I suspect both the Icoms had a hard life but they were mounted inside cabins on boats I bought and were dead when I got them. One had front panel knob seized solid and the other just doesn't transmit.
I think a big part of reliability issues has to do with installation, and to be fair you won't get away with exposing the back of any fixed set to the elements. I do try to fit them where the front also gets a bit of protection and seal the mounting surface.
The Cobra hand-helds I have are really cheap and nasty but I've had them for years and they still work. I doubt they would survive a ducking but it's better it's than nothing.