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Old 11-06-2016, 04:40 PM
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Looking to replace my VHF. What do y'all recommend.? Looking at the Standard Horizon 1700. Anybody run these. Currently have a 100 dollar cobra that doesn't perform very well.
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Icom M324

Middle of the road unit but works well for me. Easy to use. Easy to install.
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Looked at that one. Can you save and navigate to waypoints like you can with the Standard Horozon?
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No idea, never tried, never read the manual. This VHF was on the boat when I purchased it. I use it as a VHF only. Moved it from console to E-box.

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ICOM 424g.
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I've always had Garmin because everything else was Garmin. What's the draw to ICOM?
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From my invoice...
Standard Horizon Explorer GX1700B GPS Fixed Mount VHF - Black

Paid $218.99 and I'm pretty happy with it, but I don't really have enough experience to qualify that with it's better than the xx other units I've tried. I read lots of reviews and this one seemed like the best bang for the buck, so take my $0.02 for what they're worth.
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I've always had Garmin because everything else was Garmin. What's the draw to ICOM?
I don't understand it either. ICOM used to be among the best but Ive had 2 in recent years that were problematic so I don't think they are any better or worse than others but you're paying a bit more for them. I wasn't receiving on one of them so I contacted ICOM. Said to send it in and they would check it out.

They admitted that they had a bad batch of filters in certain years / models. If that was the cause it would be no charge/ if not they would charge me. Maybe they should have issued a notice /recall? My present boat came with a Garmin.but if I had to buy one I would probably go with Standard Horizon. Just my personal opinion.
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Standard Horizon GX 1700 gps.

No brainer. Tried hooking up dsc radio with gos for ever. Never worked right.

Rebate extended

http://standardhorizon.com/pdf/7-14-...mer_rebate.pdf

Works great, get $10 cover.
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x 2 ICOM's M400BB and M506DSC/AIS/N2k. Reasons ....

1. I have no room at my helm for fixed VHF's the reason I went with the rear mic version of the M506 and black box M400BB

2. I prefer the ICOM Command Mic IV to the other vendors remote mics

3. The N2k connectivity of the M506

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standard horizon GX2200 w/ built in GPS and AIS receiver.

connected to 741xs via NMEA0183 for the sole purpose of showing AIS targets on chartplotter (though this isn't necessary, as the targets show on the VHF display).

everything works as it should.

would recommend.
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
I've always had Garmin because everything else was Garmin. What's the draw to ICOM?
Originally Posted by yammi250 View Post
I don't understand it either. ICOM used to be among the best but Ive had 2 in recent years that were problematic so I don't think they are any better or worse than others but you're paying a bit more for them. I wasn't receiving on one of them so I contacted ICOM. Said to send it in and they would check it out.

They admitted that they had a bad batch of filters in certain years / models. If that was the cause it would be no charge/ if not they would charge me. Maybe they should have issued a notice /recall? My present boat came with a Garmin.but if I had to buy one I would probably go with Standard Horizon. Just my personal opinion.
Getting ICOM 506 and a 324g as back up on new boat over Garmin. IMO Garmin is over priced for comparable features and quality. The new Garmin 210 does have AIS but at $599 its still $50 more than the ICOM 506 which is a great vhf. Also getting the newly released ICOM 93M handheld which is loaded with features.

Keiths new boat has dual ICOM's he can compare to Garmins
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Originally Posted by BAB75 View Post
Getting ICOM 506 and a 324g as back up on new boat over Garmin. IMO Garmin is over priced for comparable features and quality. The new Garmin 210 does have AIS but at $599 its still $50 more than the ICOM 506 which is a great vhf. Also getting the newly released ICOM 93M handheld which is loaded with features.

Keiths new boat has dual ICOM's he can compare to Garmins
Kinda why I asked.
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iCom M604. Found it a store closing for $100 and couldn't resist. It's a great radio.

The GX1700 is also excellent and includes a GPS antenna. It's comparable model without GPS GX1600 used to win the Practical Sailor best midpriced VHF award in their yearly roundups. Only downside is lack of NMEA2000.
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I have an Icom 506 w/ AIS and NMEA 2k. Interfaces great to my Garmin gear showing all the AIS targets on the MFD. Plug and play.
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Originally Posted by Willapa View Post
I have an Icom 506 w/ AIS and NMEA 2k. Interfaces great to my Garmin gear showing all the AIS targets on the MFD. Plug and play.
Same here.
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Originally Posted by BAB75 View Post
Getting ICOM 506 and a 324g as back up on new boat over Garmin. IMO Garmin is over priced for comparable features and quality. The new Garmin 210 does have AIS but at $599 its still $50 more than the ICOM 506 which is a great vhf. Also getting the newly released ICOM 93M handheld which is loaded with features.

Keiths new boat has dual ICOM's he can compare to Garmins
Talked to Jim this morning. They are Standard Horizon GX2000's on the new boat.

http://www.westmarine.com/buy/standa...-ais--14533400
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
Talked to Jim this morning. They are Standard Horizon GX2000's on the new boat.

http://www.westmarine.com/buy/standa...-ais--14533400
Thanks, really thought he had Icom, I knew he was running something other than Garmin, I sent him a PM a while back to see how they interfaced w/ 7600's but never heard back. Based on this thread I should be good with Icoms. Not to de-rail but what transducer is was he running
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Hello, what is your budget? Going on experience and the number of units that have been returned for for service or repair, the best in order are, Thrane & Thrane Sailor or JRC (commercial grade stuff, class A DSC, mega money), Simrad, really good, especially the black box models, OEM fit on a lot of high end stuff. Icom and Standard about the same, I find the Standard screen better persoanlly, i would Raymarine and garmin are the worst, they are user friendly but actually not really good radios. Hope this helps.

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