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Old 02 April 2006, 23:06   #1
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which vhf handheld?

Hi im new to your forum, so hello everyone!
could someone advise me please, on which handheld radio to go for please.

i want to spend around the £100 mark.
ive seen two that i like, they are the Silva S12 VHF Radio at £85 which comes complete with battery and charger but only a 4 watt outputt.
The other is a Icom M31 SPORT VHF 5 watt without batteries.

is there a significant difference between 4 and 5 watt radio`s.
i dont intend to be more than a couple of miles from the shore.
many thanks
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Old 03 April 2006, 03:20   #2
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Do not buy the IC-M31 see here for the reason why - it starts getting interesting after post 15

Do your self a favour and spend the extra few pounds and get the Icom IC-M1euro V which is a very high quality radio and Icoms customer service is superb.

A bargain on boats and outboards. http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F93344/

Personally I will never buy Silva again - I had one of their fixed sets and its waterproofing was crap - it started going loopy on me when out on a long trip off the north coast of Cornwall once - I had engine trouble and everything that day - and it really made me think - that one time when you really need your radio it must work when you switch it on or you could be in deep do do.
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Old 03 April 2006, 06:13   #3
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Agree with Roy, we had a silva fixed set on our old boat and we went through 3 in gtwo years, they leaked, broke, and cracked. We had Garmin and silva hand helds, all of which got broken eventually. Replaced it all with Icoms (421 fixed a M1V h/h) and its all performed faultlessly. We did break a volume knob, but the radio was repaired and back in my hand in 4 days from Icom.
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Old 03 April 2006, 07:04   #4
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I'm not fond of Silva radios personally - I wouldn't put one anywhere it is likely to get wet. On a boat, for example...

The Silva menus and prices are great, but I have not found their radios to be up to the rough stuff.

I have an Icom M-31, and a Standard Horizon Handheld. Both are tremendous sets, they have put up with a lot of abuse from me! If I was in the market for another H/H VHF at the moment, I think I would buy a Standard, simply because they are cheaper, and I don't believe them to be any worse than the Icoms.

I've never had to use Standards Customer support (only had the radio a couple of months) and on the one occasion I've used Icoms, I've found them very helpful and speedy.
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Do not buy the IC-M31 see here for the reason why - it starts getting interesting after post 15

Do your self a favour and spend the extra few pounds and get the Icom IC-M1euro V which is a very high quality radio and Icoms customer service is superb.

A bargain on boats and outboards. http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F93344/

Personally I will never buy Silva again - I had one of their fixed sets and its waterproofing was crap - it started going loopy on me when out on a long trip off the north coast of Cornwall once - I had engine trouble and everything that day - and it really made me think - that one time when you really need your radio it must work when you switch it on or you could be in deep do do.


How much would it have cost ICOM to put a proper switch on the M31??? Can't believe a company as experienced as them could allow something so trivial to tarnish their reputation. I would have sacked the lot of them!!!
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buy the best you can afford i had the m1 euro v top bit off kit

dropped under water in the thames and worked after

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My Icom euro V H/H even survived an incounter with a Rogue Wave
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Silva!!!!! No No No

My experience of the S12 is still on-going. I purchased a set from "Seamark Nunn" within 3 weeks the battery would not hold much charge, it was duely replaced by the vendor. My replacement unit is only a back-up for my fixed set & has had approx 100 hours mainly on standby.... again the battery started to pack up untill it would no longer except a charge.
The unit is now at Silva HQ & they took 3 weeks to acknoweledge that they had it. The last email I had stated that "Presumably the battery has reached its end of life & may want replacing".
The replacement batteries are not available yet so they told me.... the bloody radio has been in existance for 4 years!
Shoddy manufacture, unresponsive support, no service or back up.
This is the last Silva product I shall buy!
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Don't mess around with handheld VHF unless you're desperate. You may only be a couple of miles from shore but you can be 20 miles from the coastguard's radio mast at the same time...
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My Icom euro V H/H even survived an incounter with a Rogue Wave
Downside of Icom Euro is that the extension mic is massive compared to the handset. also it doesn't allow the use of an ear piece and its just not loud enough for a RIB when underway.
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