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Handheld VHF = ICOM M93D and Horizon HX890NB

Old 11-26-2020, 07:35 AM
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Default Handheld VHF = ICOM M93D and Horizon HX890NB

Hey All - Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I'm planning on buying a handheld VHF during the holiday sales and am deciding between the ICOM M93D and Horizon HX890NB. Does anybody have experience with either of these models and an experienced based POV on which is better? It would be a backup to my fixed radio. Thx in advance, all constructive thoughts welcome.
Old 11-26-2020, 07:56 AM
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Not sure about the Icom but I have an 890

Happy with it, accurate GPS, 6W vs 5W, good battery life
I've dropped waypoints in it, taken it back to my boat and plugged them in and they were spot on

Start up screen in cold weather has very little contrast. It needs to be on for a few minutes to see the screen properly
All the functions are menu driven so it takes a few button pushes to get things done but I think they'll all be like that

I'd buy it again

Old 11-26-2020, 08:06 AM
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Either one you can’t go wrong ... I’ve been using an ICOM 92d since 2014 it hasn’t missed a beat. If your using a fixed mounted ICOM vhf the menus and functionalities are the same between the radios.


Radio is use I was about 2 miles from the ST antenna

ICOM 92d
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I just ordered a HX40 , there is a $20 rebate until Dec. 31st.
Old 11-26-2020, 09:52 AM
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I also was waffling between the two, I went with the SH 890 based on price and rebate. Haven't used it much as it is a backup to my fixed mount. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.
FWIW, I got the rebate check back super quick.

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