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Old 04-04-2004, 12:20 PM
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Default Standard vs. ICOM vs ?

OK, new vhf time. Would like to go no more than $250 if possible with new antenna. To be bracket mounted in my overhead electronics box, no need for second station, controls on mic would be nice but not necessary, really want a hailer/foghorn built-in... (do I really need to go to the expense of buying a separate hailer/pa/foghorn set-up?)

Currently have a ICOM handheld backup for ditchbag and will be leaving my older vhf on board connected to old shakespere antenna..

Who has what I need?
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your going to need an extra 150.00 to get a quailty package ...
Icom M502A with a digital 8' antenna ....
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Default RE: Standard vs. ICOM vs ?

I just picked up a similar setup from a forum sponsor (By Owner's Group) - Icom 402S and Digital 8' antenna for $308 shipped. It doesn't have the hailer, but I don't think that the 502 does, either. I didn't need the second station, either, is why I got the 402S, but it does have channel controls on the mic. This setup is lightyears better than my old Shakespeare/Apelco one.
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Default RE: Standard vs. ICOM vs ?

No one in your price range.

Of the only 2 brands to look at, there is the ICOM 602 and the STANDARD SPECTRUM or QUANTUM. Both are FILLED with features that would take a year to use! The QUANTUM is brand new, don't even know if it is available on the retail market yet.

The SPECTRUM is going to run around $250 and the ICOM 602 around $450+. I don't know what the QUANTUM is going to cost but it is probably going to be close to the ICOM 602 since that is STANDARD's answer to the ICOM , except they forgot the 10 key number pad! OOPS!

Keep in mind that the SPECTRUM & ICOM will 'shut off' radio VHF function when in hailer/foghorn mode. That means no VHF signal receive/transmit. This is true of all VHF/hailer radios up until now. The QUANTUM will allow continuation of VHF reception in hailer mode, which is real handy.

To get around the lack of VHF function, you can always turn on your backup radio to recieve while you are blasting your fog horns. All 3 radios have controls on the mic allowing channel selectio or instant Channel 9/16.
All of the above is without an antenna and the only one you SHOULD be looking at is a DIGITAL brand, 8 foot ,which will run a little over $100 without mounting hardware.

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Old 04-05-2004, 12:59 PM
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Default RE: Standard vs. ICOM vs ?

ditto, we have 3 icoms, one is handheld, and 4 digital antennas

2 vhf ants, one vhf ant installed to be used for backup if needed and an am/fm antenna

digital antennas (the brand) are much better than shake, and digital folks are top notch in customer service if ever needed

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Old 04-05-2004, 03:22 PM
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just out of curiousity, what's better about digital antennas over shakespeare? i've got a shakespeare galaxy for my vhf and it works really well and it still looks pretty new after 7 years.
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Y&R - 4/5/2004 2:22 PM

just out of curiousity, what's better about digital antennas over shakespeare? i've got a shakespeare galaxy for my vhf and it works really well and it still looks pretty new after 7 years.

One of many posts on the same question:

http://thehulltruth.net/forums/threa...posts=3#M29900

And I was a BIG Shaky fan before I saw how much better the DIGITAL is!
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i think the glass cover is better for one, the hardware to mount and we always got poor reception with our old shakespeare

when we transmit now, we have been asked to use low power as we tend to "blow out" nearby boaters

i think digital are handmade as well, if I am not correct, which may be good or bad

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That's interesting. Never even seen a digital antenna before (at least knowingly). My am/fm shakespeare antenna (non-galaxy line) looks like crap after 6 years. the vhf galaxy antenna i'd recommend to anyone. it works great and looks pretty much new.
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