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Old 08 March 2012, 05:47   #1
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Hand Held VHF

Morning Guys,

I'm looking to buy a hand held VHF - can anyone recommend one?

I'm currently researching and looking at the Icom M23 - but a reviewer pointed out it doesn't have GPS or DSC - the Standard Horizon HX851 does.

So whats the thoughts on GPS\DSC vs not having it?

All being well at work, ill have my VHF license this weekend, and a First Aid certificate!

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Old 08 March 2012, 06:06   #2
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Hi Alex, plenty of info on the forum re, handhelds as they are favourite topic Personally I prefer Icom for their quality & service. DSC would be a "nice to have" in the absence of a fixed set, but the limited range of the handheld should be a consideration. Plenty of people have good things to say about SH kit, so it may me down to a personal choice of brand / features. Not much help, but do a quick search & you'll find plenty of (conflicting) advice
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Cheers Dave.

My main reason for wanting a hand held is if/when i end up overboard and as I'll be renting Ribs for at least this season, I dont want to depend on someone else safety equipment 100%

Unless of course I win the lottery this weekend, in which case I'll just hand it all over to Scorpion

Cheer!
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Cheers Dave.

My main reason for wanting a hand held is if/when i end up overboard and as I'll be renting Ribs for at least this season, I dont want to depend on someone else safety equipment 100%

Unless of course I win the lottery this weekend, in which case I'll just hand it all over to Scorpion

Cheer!
I have an Icom M71 which I chose for its long battery life amongst other things. I'm really impressed with the quality and it is much clearer than many others that I've used. The lack of GPS/DSC doesnt bother me as the handheld unit serves as a backup to the main unit and I also carry a PLB for emergencies...

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I have both a SH HX370 and two Icom IC-M1Vs. The Icoms are better radios IMHO, but the SH 370 is quite rugged and easily modified to use on ham 2 meter frequencies or any other freq you can program in the VHF range (138-170 MHz). Icom is about to come out with a DSC radio too if you want that. Look at www.panbo.com for articles on various radios.
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Standard Horizon HX751E - floating, 6w, great build, brill sound and about 120 new - super pleased with mine. Wouldn't bother with the DSC on a handheld.
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I am thinking of the 851 for my son. I can use the DSC polling feature to see where he has got off to.
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Standard Horizon HX851 is a brilliant radio, I bought one when I had my last boat and couldn't fault it.

DSC is nice to have, you probably have more chance of getting a distress signal out using DSC over voice.
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I have both a SH HX370 and two Icom IC-M1Vs. The Icoms are better radios IMHO, .

I recently became reacquainted with my Icom M1EuroV after a 5 year hiatus and incredibly there is still some charge in the battery.

However, I have no means of charging it now, so if somebody knows where to obtain a sensibly priced charger, I'd be very grateful.
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