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Old 04-04-2006, 05:10 PM
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I am currently looking into Icom's M2A and new M72 handheld for a backup...I like the M2A , but there is a new one out for 06 Icom M72 that has 6 watts and is submersible, where the M2A is just "waterproof". The up side to the M72 is it is submersible, and has 6 watts, the upside to the M2A is its a bit cheaper and can be ran off of Akaline AA's where the M72 is Li-ion battery. Will the extra watt make that big of a difference? I was wondering if anyone has any experiance with either of these and which would you choose and why? I appreciate it, thanks.
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Old 04-04-2006, 06:35 PM
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I don't think the watt will make much of a difference. It's still going to be line of sight off the rubber antennae to whomever your speaking with. As a back up you could carry a sleeve of AA batteries. But, can you recharge the M72 while on-board? If the radio is not going into a dinghy or being used off your vessel. You could also buy a second fixed mount for the boat as a backup. Just need to also run a second power line. I'm sorry I didn't give you an answer, just more options.
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:09 AM
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I recently replaced my old handheld with the new M72 for the very reason you have mentioned, water tight. I bought it for my ditch bag, peace of mind should I ever had to go overboard with it, I know it will work. As for charging it, I charge it the night before a trip unless I know it has a fresh charge already on it.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:12 PM
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Forget the 1 watt, that will do nothing for you.

I would get the M1v, which you didn't even mention. It has a Lion battery that lasts forever, has lots of features, is small, is submersable, and best of all, has been on sale the last two months for about 1/2 of it's normal cost. Probably because it will be replaced and not longer sold soon (that's my guess). But that is a GREAT buy right now.
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:25 PM
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Wher have you seen the M1v on sale for 1/2 price?
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All over the place. Just about every online and store I've been too. I bought mine for about $300 if I remember correctly. They are $159 with sales and rebates currently. That is a killer deal.
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:58 PM
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Check this out,

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...4&classNum=542
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:04 PM
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This site is good as well for all marine electronics,

http://store.marine-radio-store.com/ichahevhfra.html
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:08 PM
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Don't forget for Icom M72 and M32 you can use alcaline batteries if you buy extra battery tray.
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:04 PM
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How about one of the StandardHorizon hendhelds for this application, or are the ICOMS just soo much better?
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:11 PM
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I have a SH handheld and it works great. Mine has a built in FM radio, so I can listen to tunes while I'm putting around on the dinghy.

I am thinking about the Uniden Mystic. I got lost last year while exploring.
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:27 PM
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fwiw-- had a bad experience with standard horizon. payed something like $375.oo for a HH unit claimed to be waterproof.After about 7 months, the little hole where you put the charging jack rotted out. sent it back, and it came back repaired with a bill for $100.00 !! when I asked what was up. I was told the "the radio was guaranteed waterproof not the battery" WEAK!

also, fwiw. my current hard wired Icom is going on it's 5th year flawlessly .I love Icom
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