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« on: July 06, 2012, 15:00:19 CET »

What is the best vhf to buy? Icom , garmin or loweance please? Any help would be much appriciated. Many thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 15:49:05 CET »

My vote is on ICOM for overall quality and reliability especially their base models. I have a Raymarine Ray54 fixed VHF which is okay but nothing special, max volume could do with being higher.

And handheld a Standard Horizon (Yaesu) which I am very very happy with.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 15:53:25 CET »

My vote goes to Icom.  I have an Icom M505 on board, and a handheld Kenwood. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 17:01:18 CET »

I have a shipmate and a new laurence on my boat and also keep a cobra handheld. The laurance i find very good
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 12:35:44 CET »

Thank alot guys, i think i'm going for the lowrance 250
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012, 13:53:15 CET »

I have a icom for 16 yers no prb
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2012, 19:02:04 CET »

Who is the agent for Icom please?
And I would also appreciate some feedback regarding the Lowrance VHF's from those of you who own one please.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012, 21:38:02 CET »

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2012, 21:48:30 CET »

i have lowrance and so does Renald-ForTuna. we both found it to be very good but icom are the best i think
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012, 06:53:22 CET »

do you have an idea of the price for an Icom fixed unit with dsc please (that compares to the Lowrance)?
I know that the Lowrance is 180.
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012, 08:14:22 CET »

icom is around 220
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2012, 10:21:35 CET »

The Transmitting wattage of the unit and the lenght of the arial (plus where the arial is installed) determine what unit suit you best.

Personally, don't choose by brand as most of the units today have the same chipset - just different cosmetics. As a unit IComs have been in this business more than anyone else in the market and the products are reliable. I have a 20yr old one as a spare still works like charm.

If you intend going far out, consider investing in a serious VHF as the transmission is greatly affected by the weather, location and distance.

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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2012, 09:20:47 CET »

Granite what would be a serious VHF? I thought they were all 25w. Do you mean add extra output?? I think a very good aerial helps more.
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2012, 13:58:33 CET »

25W is the max allowed according to the relevant standard, albeit there are devices that can raise the Tx power up to 50W.

However as Shanook pointed out, the mounting height of the aerial and length of the aerial, plus type of antenna along with the shortest possible coax cable run, with the least number of splices/connectors/extensions will provide for the best Tx/Rx performance.

After that you need to ensure that the 12V feed going to your VHF is clean and good and no leakage. Some ppl fit a Ferrite Ring as well to prevent any EMC problems. Try and route the aerial coax away from analog instruments.
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2012, 06:36:42 CET »

Thanks for all the advice guys.... I'll give my shopping list to Santa Smiley
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