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Old 07-25-2005, 09:48 PM
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I just bought an icom icm302 VHF, the mounting instructions tell me not to mount it within 1 meter of the compass. The Grady 223 has its electronics box about 6 inches from the compass. To get the VHF a meter away, it would have to go to the port side console.

How important is this seperation.

Oh and I'm taking input on the best antenna to go with the new VHF.

Also, looked hard at the m402, but couldn't figure out the differences. Any thoughts on that over the m302?
Old 07-26-2005, 06:15 AM
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The speaker in the VHF radio has a magnet that may affect the compass. Put the radio in the spot you want it (before you hard mount it); see if it affects the compass. If not; your OK. My VHF radio is directly below the compass and has no effect.
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Default Re: VHF and compass proximity

I've found fewer and fewer boaters who even know where the compass on their boat is......so you are asking an encouraging question

You'll also see labels on many fishfinders (Furuno and others) that tell you that the fishfinder should be 24" or more away from the compass. The reality is that most of us don't have boats that are large enough to follow any of these directions. Mount the units where you like. The thought of trying the device without mounting it is a good one...if there are mounting options.

Alternatively, you will just have to buy a larger boat....


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