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Old 01-21-2003, 11:12 AM
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Looking for one to keep as a backup and on my PFD (you never know when you might have to go swiming)
Thinking of the Standard 350s. Looking for your thoughts or comments
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Old 01-21-2003, 11:51 AM
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I recently bought the Standard HX460S - the tiny little silver handheld. I loved it. It has the lithium ion battery and will last a long time on a single charge. It comes with an A/C charger as well as a 12V cig. charger. It has 5 watts power output and the receiver on it really seemed to be good. Others on here will recomend the 350S as there is a alkalin battery tray with that radio. So that way you can always have fresh batteries stored on the boat. Either way, you can't go wrong. Also you may want to look at the Icom handhelds - they are just as good. I am gonna re-order another HX460S as I lost mine recently when a friend's boat sank. I am planning to attend the Miami boat show and hope to find a deal on them there. Take care!

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Old 01-21-2003, 11:55 AM
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I like the 350S, I like them a lot. However, If I was looking for one to pin to my PFD I'd probably be more interested in the Standard HX460S or the new ICOM M88. These are the very small ones that those companys are making these days, they have very long battery life and are waterproof to JIS-7 (one meter, 30 minutes I think). For overall use I would still prefer the 350 though. I like the interchangable battery trays, waterproofness, and large display. My second choice on a full sized radio would be an ICOM M1V, or maybe that should be my Equal choice would be the M1V.

I don't much care for the very small ones for everyday use though. I think there would be far to much temptation to stick it in a T-Shirt pocket and that would lead to a lost VHF sooner than later in my clumbsy experience.

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Old 01-21-2003, 12:42 PM
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Hmmm ? M88 - I'll have to check that one out before I buy another one. Thanks for the update Thom.
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Old 01-21-2003, 01:21 PM
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Those little ones may be ok but my thoughts were with my fat fingers they would be hard to work and if I went OB then adding cold to my fingers would not help. Besides I might not be able to find that little thing.
Do you guys know if these things come in an easy to find when dropped colors. I have never understood why most handhelds all seem to be the hardest to see in the water colors (black or white)
The few I have found that are yellow or ?? don't seem to be truly waterproof

Oh well as in everything it is a trade off. Thanks for the input
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Old 01-21-2003, 01:27 PM
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Does anyone make a handheld that floats?
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Old 01-21-2003, 02:27 PM
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I belive that both Simrad and ICOM make colored models, and in fact they may float too now that I think about it. They are commercial units (on deck communications on commercial ships) and they are very expensive.

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Old 01-21-2003, 05:13 PM
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X460S, as mentioned, got my vote and money.

who's going to be the first to test its water-proof rating? c'mon, now.
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Old 01-22-2003, 06:36 AM
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Landlubber - I thought I was gonna get to test the submersability of mine after it sank on a boat and was under water for 24 days. But as the boat was raised, the radio was definately still there. Once it was taken to a marina, I went to get it and guess what? - It was gone!!! I suppose someone thought it might be good and took it. So I never got to find out whether it would have worked. Really pissed me off! And it was brand new! Oh well...
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Old 01-27-2003, 10:44 AM
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heavy sucker, like a rock....better get it it's own PFD
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