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Old 10-24-2008, 06:02 AM
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I need to buy one this morning. ANy thoughts???

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Old 10-24-2008, 06:33 AM
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I have an Icom m72 I really like. Small, easy to use, and 6 watts transmit power. Never know, that one extra watt could be the difference between reaching help or not.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:37 AM
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STANDARD HORIZON HX600S VHF W/ LI-ION

I'm not going to get into pricing, but talk to one of the board sponsors. I know for a fact that there are wholesale deals on these units.
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The HX600's are only $99 right now. Smokin.
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Received mine yesterday. Like everything about it except the little blue light, wish it was on the side. Eletrical tape time?

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The HX600's are only $99 right now. Smokin.

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Old 10-24-2008, 08:10 AM
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I have the M72. It is a great radio but I would NOT buy it again. Its biggest flaw is that it can not use AA batteries. So when the lithium battery dies - you have to buy another lithium pack and Icom wants an insane price for that. You can buy a new radio for what the battery costs.

Oh yea - the "6 watt" thing is just a marketing scam. Sure it really has 6 watts - but that is not a big deal. There is really not much (if any) advantage to 6 watts VS 5 watts.

If you ask me what the best mid price hand held is I would say Icom M34. It floats, which is nice. Most hand held radios sink. It can also use AA batteries - which is nice. Keep a pack of AA batteries on board, and if the lithium battery dies you can quickly change power sources.

The $99 Standard Horizons are wonderful - but I would put them in the "lowest price" category. While there are radios under $99 they either do not boast the full 5 watt power and/or are not waterproof and require that stupid plastic bag thing.

I have found places online that sell the M34 for around $140.

The radio I currently like the best is the Standard Horizon HX850. It floats, it has a strobe that lights up when it receives a signal (drop it overboard at night and you can actually find the thing), it can use AA batteries, it has a built in GPS and full DSC functions - as well as the dual/tri watch thing and weather alert and so on. It currently sells for $250.

Lowrance recently introduced their own hand held with GPS and DSC functions, so I would hold off on buying the HX850 to see if there are any price wars. I suspect that Icom will also introduce more competition as well.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:24 AM
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Lazy, with all due respect, you need to look more carefully before making a broad statement like a $99.00 is a "lowest price". The HX600 is a FANTASTIC radio, supports both Li (1700mAH) and battery tray, IPX7 and 5/2.5 and 1 Watt capable AND HAS A STROBE LIGHT. Does not float, but still one heck of a deal. This is a PROMO and not the standard price.

I'll sell you one for $125.00 if that makes you feel like your getting a better radio.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:55 AM
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Did you red what I said? The HX600 is a wonderful radio. And at $99 the price is hard to beat. $99 also prices it at the lower range of the hand held market - which at that price really is the best choice considering the competition at $99 - which is the $50 Midland that looks like a FRS radio, is not waterproof, and lacks a few features relating to scanning or the Cobra two pack for $70 - which are not 5 watt radios, are not waterproof, and so on.

However, after looking at what is available (which is good to do from time to time) I would NOT get the M34 as a "mid price" radio.

The Standard Horizon HX750s beats it. It floats, can use AA batteries, has the 6w output, strobe, and all that other stuff - for only $115. Plus shipping of course.

I like Icom stuff. I have Icom stuff. But it seems to me that Standard Horizon ALWAYS beats Icom out on price point. Quality for the two is similar.

So there you go. If you ask me the "best" mid to low price hand held is the HX750s. Standard Horizon. Beats the M34 in price, has the exact same features, and for only $15 more than the HX600 it floats.

Too bad I bought the M72 when I did. Had I just waited a few months so many more options would have opened up. But that is just how it goes I guess.
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