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Old 12-12-2002, 01:12 PM
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im looking for a back up for my icom 502,trying to stay with in a budget.its for a radio falure with the icom.any suggestions?thanks Doug
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Old 12-12-2002, 01:19 PM
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I'd go with a handheld VHF with a connector for an external antenna. That way if the ICOM dies, you would disconnect it from the antenna and connect your handheld.

The nice thing about this is if you are forced to abondon the boat, the handheld is portable and can be taken with you.
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Old 12-12-2002, 01:29 PM
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Grumpy,

I have a backup radio, its an ICOM M-59. I bought it used off of E-Bay for around $100. In a way it was a foolish thing to have done. I used to have an M-59 as my radio, but sold it and took the proceeds and added it to my meager purse when I upgraded to the M-127.

So when I got to looking for a backup (I also carry 2 hand held VHF's but I don't even think of them as backup to tell the truth) I remembered the small size of the M-59, that it was water proof, and that its contols were very similar to the M-127. So it made pretty good sense to go with one.

While I remove my electronics from the boat when not in use the backup radio is the one exception. That's because it is mounted inside of a glove box and is not at all in sight - that's one of the nice things about the small size of the M-59.

Anyway it makes a good backup, its a nice reliable radio, and the price on them is right in the used market (where new ones can be found as well).

Also, there are tons of Standard Horizon used radios around for very reasonable prices and they were outstanding radios even befor Yeasu bought them out (and you and I haven't seen the end of how much better they are likely to get either).

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Old 12-12-2002, 05:24 PM
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Two good reasons for a handheld. First is if you have dead batteries, you still can communicate. Second, you can stow it in your ditch bag.

Can't go wrong with Icom.

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Old 12-13-2002, 03:06 PM
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I wouldnt want to be dead in the water 80 miles from shore and have to rely on a 5 watt hand held hooked up to any antenna to save my arse.To many other radio transmitions with more power closer to shore to walk over your signal.In a pinch yes ,but dont put your trust in it.For a third radio yes good idea.JMO



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Old 12-14-2002, 07:19 AM
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If you're 80 miles out no VHF is going to cut it. use an EPIRB for emergency or SSB for communications.

The rationale behind the handheld is what happens if you lose power?.... and for coastal line use difference between 5 and 25 watts is marginal with same antenna.....

But you're right three (two fixed, one handheld) is the best solution..That's what I have...

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quote:Originally posted by reel hungry:
I wouldnt want to be dead in the water 80 miles from shore and have to rely on a 5 watt hand held hooked up to any antenna to save my arse.To many other radio transmitions with more power closer to shore to walk over your signal.In a pinch yes ,but dont put your trust in it.For a third radio yes good idea.JMO



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Old 12-14-2002, 08:09 AM
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The CG mounts there land base antennas way up on a hill or mountain and they easily reach out 80 miles,if not someone in between should be able to relay an SOS if I had enough power.JMO


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Old 12-14-2002, 02:31 PM
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Not too many hills in Florida for the coast guard to mount antennas on. Offshore boaters with EPIRBs will be home for Christmas! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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