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Old 11 June 2012, 15:37   #11
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Assuming that it's not the antenna (you've checked that of course) £150 quid gets you an Icom 411, this has NMEA out for your plotter so compatibility shouldn't be an issue AND it's an Icom. If the repairs to yours are going to be more that 30-40 quid, I know which way I'd go.
The Icom 411 is in more of the price range I was thinking for I have a hand held & it will very rarely be used so as long as it works when needed with dsc I'm happy!
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Also worth looking at the Standard Horizon kit....
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Before you connect up a new radio, see if you can borrow an SWR meter. (I say borow as they are £35-75, so a bit much to use once) It's the only surefire way of checking if the whole setup is working efficiently.

Don't be tempted to use a CB one though - it needs to cover the marine band range - one that does up to 200MHz will be fine.
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