Originally posted by Steve Care
I thought may as well get DSC as its the latest spec ...
There's no choice, really. You wouldn't buy an analogue 'phone would you? As for Silva v Icom, you could buy three of the budget (non-navtext) Silvas for the price of the Icom 601. And there's loads of reported probs with recent Icom units - W'humper have water ingress, Daniel can't get the MMSI programmed, Jools had problems with the auto-Ch 16 with the mike bracket earthing, etc. I've come to the conclusion that the ideal VHF doesn't exist!