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Old 07-23-2005, 09:33 PM
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I was looking at the ICOM 502 any thoughts on that model compared to standard horizon
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Go for the Icom. You wont regret it.
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Opinion seem to run 50/50 on this when I did my research. In short I don't think you'd go wrong with either brand. One place you won't find much dissention is about antenna selection - go with a Digital Antenna. I went with the SH Quest. I love it. Some have complained about having to speak very close and loudly into the ICOM due to a membrane over the microphone that makes it waterproof. Don't know if they've changed this but it was a common complaint.

ps- They don't make a big deal about this - but if you go SH, go with Quest+ as it can receive as well as transmit position data.

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I bough the ICOM 502 because of reputation about 2 years ago. I ended up replacing it with a Standard Horizon Spectrum+ after a few months because it (SH) would send DSC position requests and distress calls to my SH CP150C. I liked both, the SH was just a little more advanced at the time. I understand ICOM 502A is now essentially the same as my 2 year old Spectrum+. If you install correctly, either should give you many years of good service.
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ICOM "did" have a top notch vhf until they came out with the 402S..... Have one, won't go into detail, but just about any brand is much better,, and ICOM admits that radio had a problem, but just try to get it serviced under the 3 year warr. Won't happen! Have had only ICOM's for years, but no more. Yep, I'll get blasted by a couple for improper installation, etc. , as I have before. Bottom line is that the radio is junk.
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My Icom has worked fine. It's on its third season.

Icom and Standard Horizon are considered the top two manufacturers of VHF radios for recreational boats. There's not much difference. Look at them side by side or buy whichever one goes on sale.

Some have complained about having to speak very close and loudly into the ICOM due to a membrane over the microphone that makes it waterproof.
I never heard this one, but waterproof is a good feature on a boat. I have never gotten reports back from other boaters on weak audio. For several years on my job I was in radio contact with dispatch so I suppose I learned to speak clearly and directly into the microphone to minimize background noise. I would suggest speaking in a louder than "conversational tone" (don't yell) and holding the microphone within 1/2 inch of the mouth for best reults and minimal wind and engine noise.
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clover2695 - 7/23/2005 10:33 PM

I was looking at the ICOM 502 any thoughts on that model compared to standard horizon

Whatever you do, be sure to keep the receipt and return the warranty card! :trout: :trout: :trout:

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Sounds like either one will work I will pay close attention to the antenna Thanks
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Yesterday on a flat day on the Gulf of Mexico I was listening to a work over rig and some other fisherman on channel 68 ... no big deal you say ....

well I had my 502 set on low power 1 watt to chat with a buddy boat 50 yards away and they all were 30 miles from me !!!!

The 502 is coupled to a Digital 529 8' VHF antenna ......

So From my point of view Icom and Digital ...

Also Icom has a buddy list of sorts that you add your firends to and you get their position info when speaking to them .....


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Tightline Rod's - 7/24/2005 10:23 AM

Yesterday on a flat day on the Gulf of Mexico I was listening to a work over rig and some other fisherman on channel 68 ... no big deal you say ....

well I had my 502 set on low power 1 watt to chat with a buddy boat 50 yards away and they all were 30 miles from me !!!!

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The low power setting only affects transmitting, not receiving.
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Thanks for the enlightment ... but my main point was the 30 mile plus reception....

Maybe adding I had it set to low power should not have been added...

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Powerboat Reports will publish the results of their hi-end VHF radio evaluations in Aug 2005.

“Awesome performance and a long list of features make the Icom M602 our top pick. For $175 less, the Standard Horizon Quantum GX2360S nearly equals the high-priced Icom in performance and features. It’s a Best Buy.”

For an antenna, don’t even mess with it…get a Morad. Digital would be a good second choice.


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