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Old 02-23-2013, 08:09 PM
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Just read the threads from a few years back, but to todays standards, what is the best, would be used in a ditch bag, and we fish off of south florida, in the bahamas and the other side.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:16 PM
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Icom with built in GPS And DSC Capable.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:30 PM
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Icom M72...battery lasts forever
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My primary in my ditchbag is a Lowrance LHR-80... Has GPS and distress....my backup is a Icom M-34... It floats but no GPS or Distress. If I am utilizing my ditchbag and having to go to my backup radio...and can't be rescued because it doesn't have GPS and/or Distress on it, then it's time for the sea to take me anyway.

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Originally Posted by floridacowboy View Post
Just read the threads from a few years back, but to todays standards, what is the best, would be used in a ditch bag, and we fish off of south florida, in the bahamas and the other side.
For Ditch Bag use, there are only two to consider: The Icom IC-M92D, and the Standard Horizon HX-851S. Both of these float, have a GPS receiver built in, and can make geolocated DSC Distress calls AFTER you've had to leave the boat (or the boat has left you). The HX-851S is the slightly updated successor to the HX850S (which I own), and is well-proven. The IC-M92D is a relative newcomer, and is thus unproven; but I have no real reason to suspect a problem, either.

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Icom M72...battery lasts forever
Not appropriate for a Ditch Bag radio.



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I just bought the SH HX851 for $204 at West Marine and you get a $25 rebate also right now. I also got the optional alkaline batery case and extra batteries to throw into the ditch bag. The Icom M92D looks like a great radio also but like Iddledoo pointed out it is a newcomer on the market and is almost twice the price of the HX851.
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Here you go ...... Discussion from a couple of days ago.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...boat-show.html

I use both an ICOM M92d and a ICOM M72.

Both SH & ICOM make great products. Simrad/Lowrance have some new vhf models on the market.
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A ditch bag should be available at a moment's notice after sitting untouched for several months. That rules out radios requiring a charger PERIOD.
That leaves a choice of one: only the Standard Horizon offers an accessory alkaline battery holder. Good alkaline batteries have a shelf life of years. Keep them dry.
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My ditchbag doesn't sit for months... Never has and never will. It comes on and off the boat with me every trip. It's looked at every trip. You should peek in yours every once in a while too, that way you won't be surprised when you open it and something isn't there that you thought was...

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A ditch bag should be available at a moment's notice after sitting untouched for several months. That rules out radios requiring a charger PERIOD.
Your point is fundamentally well-taken; but I'm not sure I'd take it to that extreme. If one is conscientious enough to keep a well-stocked ditch bag, one is probably also conscientious enough to make sure that any Li-Ion battery packs are routinely recharged.

OTOH, the alkaline adapter and a Costco-sized box of fresh AA batteries is certainly more cost-effective in the long run, presuming you rotate them out every few months for use in less critical devices.


Good alkaline batteries have a shelf life of years. Keep them dry.
And to that end...

http://www.sealameal.com/products.aspx

(Comes in handy for storing food aboard, too... )



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Originally Posted by Itteldoo View Post
For Ditch Bag use, there are only two to consider: The Icom IC-M92D, and the Standard Horizon HX-851S. Both of these float, have a GPS receiver built in, and can make geolocated DSC Distress calls AFTER you've had to leave the boat (or the boat has left you). The HX-851S is the slightly updated successor to the HX850S (which I own), and is well-proven. The IC-M92D is a relative newcomer, and is thus unproven; but I have no real reason to suspect a problem, either.
x2 on the general concept. My ditch bag has the Uniden MHS 135, which also has built-in GPS, floats, and comes standard with the alkaline battery pack and can make a geolocated DSC distress call. Not sure about the features of the Icom, but they have a rep for rugged equipment in the ham radio community.
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Originally Posted by Itteldoo View Post
For Ditch Bag use, there are only two to consider: The Icom IC-M92D, and the Standard Horizon HX-851S. Both of these float, have a GPS receiver built in, and can make geolocated DSC Distress calls AFTER you've had to leave the boat (or the boat has left you). The HX-851S is the slightly updated successor to the HX850S (which I own), and is well-proven. The IC-M92D is a relative newcomer, and is thus unproven; but I have no real reason to suspect a problem, either.



Not appropriate for a Ditch Bag radio.



I see it exactly the same way. I own an HX-851S and a sligthly older HX-850S. One goes in the ditch bag, and, when we go far offshore, one of the crew members carries the other on her or his person.
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I'll be giving the new Simrad HH36 a shot, looks like it meets all the criteria with exception of the alkaline battery option. The Lowrance Link-2 is the same thing. Here is Panbo's pre-release post:

http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/0..._handheld.html

Scroll down an bit to get to the handhelds. The new GPS sensor also seems interesting.
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Even if you don't have a ditch bag, you probably don't have a 110 outlet either, so being able to put a fresh set of batteries in a handheld is a good ending for a really bad situation.

I'm an offshore sailor; my ditch bag remains unopened until its time to step up into a liferaft. That rule was set in place when I checked it just before a long trip, and discovered that a lot of its contents had wandered away to spur of the moment purposes, and had not been replaced. This is the one time that I tip my hat to Type "A" people; I'm just not made that way, but old age has given me long checklists (and taken away some of my ability to read them...)
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Just picked up a HX-851S to go into my ditchbag. Looks like a good solid unit.
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...but old age has given me long checklists (and taken away some of my ability to read them...)
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Originally Posted by sandyda View Post
A ditch bag should be available at a moment's notice after sitting untouched for several months. That rules out radios requiring a charger PERIOD.
That leaves a choice of one: only the Standard Horizon offers an accessory alkaline battery holder. Good alkaline batteries have a shelf life of years. Keep them dry.
Or you could do what I do the night before I leave for every fishing trip: charge my hand held. I leave it charging in the truck so I do not forget to grab it before I leave. No issues with this method to date.
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Originally Posted by Sandpiper John View Post
I just bought the SH HX851 for $204 at West Marine and you get a $25 rebate also right now. I also got the optional alkaline batery case and extra batteries to throw into the ditch bag. The Icom M92D looks like a great radio also but like Iddledoo pointed out it is a newcomer on the market and is almost twice the price of the HX851.
Thats a good price on that radio.

The gps store has it for $208 with free shipping. Same $25 rebate.
http://www.thegpsstore.com/Standard-...GPS-P2312.aspx
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