I just fried my old VHF (was supposed to be water proof and it wasn't) and am thinking of getting an Icom.
I would like to hear from any one that has had one for a few years.
Has yours kept it's water proof integrity ?
Is there any other plus or minus that you can comment about the Icom
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Posted by: BNystrom on Feb-06-14 7:33 AM (EST)
My M88s and M1Vs have been completely waterproof. I shoulder mount them, so they see a lot of splash and immersion. As with all radios, you need to rinse them in fresh water after use, but that's about it.
Posted by: jackl on Feb-06-14 7:44 AM (EST)
West Marine was all out of the model I wanted, but will have them in today, so I figured I would touch base here.
Our Icom has been invincible |
Posted by: Celia on Feb-06-14 8:13 AM (EST)
Good submersible rating, though I can't say it has had a lot of wet time because it is the older, bigger one. Just a bit too much to be easy on a PFD mounting. But I think this unit is at least 8 years old now and it keeps going while we have had to replace the equivalent West Marine unit.
I have an older Icom 34|
Posted by: castoff on Feb-06-14 8:46 AM (EST)
I believe that is the model. It has seen 3 years and a lot of salt water. It is still going strong. I keep it on my pfd.
Used Icom for years|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Feb-06-14 9:43 AM (EST)
on my sailboat. One of the best out there.
I've used my Icom M88 since 2005 or 2006|
Posted by: capefear on Feb-06-14 10:17 AM (EST)
The original battery is still good even. I use it to listen to the weather every day. And of course, take it with me on ocean paddles, which is regular paddling all year for me. So this one has stood the test of time and use.
still have my m34|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Feb-06-14 12:27 PM (EST)
Only freshwater use but it's never protected or in a case, it always gets wet, and it has never failed in over 3 years of use. Battery time doesn't even seem to have decreased significantly.
M34 radio good, battery not so|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Feb-06-14 1:34 PM (EST)
Have had M34s for years. The radio has been great. No waterproof issues, and I don't always treat it nicely.
Posted by: pikabike on Feb-06-14 2:24 PM (EST)
Purchased in 2005 and only sporadically used on the water, always in an Aquapac waterproof soft case. I can operate the radio without opening the case. I know this doesn't give you any info regarding waterproofness.
Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-06-14 4:11 PM (EST)
I had an M32 (now replaced by the very similar M34, I believe) for over 10 years, and it worked great. I got an M72, and loved the form factor and the battery life, but it did not hold up well to the saltwater environment. The aluminum body corrodes, and the knob is prone to failure. I had one M72 replaced, and the second one is showing some sporadic knob problems after about 2 years.
Had an M34|
Posted by: wetzool on Feb-06-14 6:06 PM (EST)
floating radio. Lasted four years and now will no longer receive, occasionally picks up parts of a weather station broadcast, but is basically toast. Don't know if it transmits or not. It was not used very much and rinsed after salt water use. The battery is fine, something else just went bad. I replaced with the M73 which has more power and is less bulky (i.e. doesn't float). I purchased an extended warranty with this radio.
Could just be the antenna|
Posted by: ian_montrose on Feb-11-14 3:57 AM (EST)
It would be worth seeing if you could borrow a known good antenna off someone with the same model. If that's all that is wrong you could have it working again for not a lot of cost. Either keep it as a back-up or sell on.
Posted by: wetzool on Feb-11-14 8:06 PM (EST)
I picked it up this evening|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-06-14 7:39 PM (EST)
Will charge it overnight and it will get continuous use starting tomorrow.
M 24 here|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-07-14 4:50 PM (EST)
replaced a Uniden that froze up.
It's a new learning curve with the M24|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-07-14 7:07 PM (EST)
Welcome to the club
I've used M88 and M72|
Posted by: Kapp-n-Crunch on Feb-10-14 3:28 PM (EST)
Both have worked extremely well receiving and transmitting when lesser radios wouldn't. My radio rides without further protection in my PFD pocket through rolling, rescues and surfing in salt water. I rinse mine as conditions permit, but other than that, I make no attempt to baby my gear. The ICOMs have served me well.
Posted by: fourrunner on May-26-14 8:40 AM (EST)
My experience with the ICOM M72 has been similar to that of NateHansen.