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Old 09 February 2016, 11:02   #1
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yes ... that ageless newbie question ... which one??!!

OK ... have been through more threads on here than I can count …
I know the reply will be Icom or Standard Horizon ...
but help me out here ... 'Which Handheld VHF??'

I have enough set aside to buy either ...
Icom M25
or the
S.H. HX280e
or the
S.H. HX370e

I know the 'how long is a piece of string' answer ...
but I have been tossing a coin for weeks ... and after initially being very happy ... the coin is getting mighty peeved now ...

I don’t see the need to spend more than is needed …
it’s the Scot’s and Yorkshire blood in me that says the HX280e will be fine … but my severe allergy to pain and/or death that suggests the M25 or the HX370e

I am not an ‘out there every time I can’ Sibber ... more of a ‘when I can’ Sibber...
last year because of family health issues that meant I was a ‘not at all’ Sibber ... but am hoping for a better year this year ...

I see no need for an all singing all dancing VHF ... I need it for safety reasons not because my neighbours’ one makes tea and scones …
floating or non floating doesn’t bother me .. when we had an inland boat everything had string or cork floats attached if it needed it … (a CD player jumping over the side and finding it couldn’t swim taught us that) …

so please … given the choices … yours would be??

many thanks in advance guys …
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Old 09 February 2016, 11:10   #2
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yes ... that ageless newbie question ... which one??!!

Out of that lot, you have 2 choices:- the cheapest or the one you really want. There ain't a bad un amongst 'em. They will all do the necessary when required.
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I know it wasn't one of your choices, but I just recently bought the HX870E, just the fact that I thought it meant that I could do without a PLB. I know it's not a direct replacement for a PLB, but for where I boat (Firth Of Clyde) I figured that it would be ok.

It is bigger than I imagined though.
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What extra features does the 370e have over the 280? Google suggests the main difference is an in built PMR, are you going to use that? If not and there are no other big differences then I'd go for the 280 (assuming the m25 also has no extra bit)

To me the ext step up is dsc handheld, but there are downsides like battery life as well as cost...
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SH - HX370e as poly says has some extra channel functions but needs dealer programmed ($$$). On a NiMh Battery
SH - HX280e is a LiIon Battery. Cheaper, waterproof but doesn't float. Need to decide how much a float would cost and see if there is an option with a float built in. (it needs a lot of cork).
Which is where the M25 comes in. Includes flash and float. Also its charged from USB if thats something that would be useful... ...I can never find all the bits to charge my VHF in the car. I always have a USB micro lead...
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yes ... that ageless newbie question ... which one??!!

How about an HX300E? That floats, flashes and has USB charging too.
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How about an HX300E? That floats, flashes and has USB charging too.
oddly enough ...
I was just about to ask about the HX300e ...
until now I couldn't see past all the bumph ...
should I be considering a floating VHF rather than thinking of it as a glossy extra??
if this is the case ... then I can narrow my choice ...
by ruling out the HX370e for its unnecessary bling ...
and the HX280e for its lack of swimming ability ...
the HX290e floats but has less battery time ...

so with my wallet strapped to me inner thigh ...
I'm really looking at the Icom M25 or the HX300e ...
now ... where was that coin?? ... I fancy a quick toss!!
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being an old bloke too and a bit need things simple.
i recently bought a new radio i went for floating, dsc,showing position and battery life, makes followed a thread on here concensous was icom & standard horizon which i bought and spot on it is too.

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should I be considering a floating VHF rather than thinking of it as a glossy extra??
It depends how you expect to use it.
1. In a SIB it will presumably be attached to your lifejacket? A lanyard stops it going awol. A float is useful but if you've just fallen out at speed by the time you orient yourself it may be out of reach (sight?) anyway.
2. Will it only ever be you that uses it? If you aren't passing it between people or boats the chance of it getting dropped is much less (as there would be no reason to remove the lanyard).
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should I be considering a floating VHF rather than thinking of it as a glossy extra??
I don't think it's essential but it is definitely a nice bonus.
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