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BellBoyBob posted 08-15-2007 12:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for BellBoyBob   Send Email to BellBoyBob  
I am looking at new radios to replace my Icom 402a that I mistakenly thought had NMEA out to my Garmin 178 plotter. I am looking at the Icom 502, the Uniden UM 525 and the Standard Horizon GX 1500s. Can anyone advise?


jimh posted 08-15-2007 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I just installed a Standard Horizon GX-1500S which I chose because:

--certain it would do position plot requests
--very attractive price (less than $150)
--extremely good audio modulation on transmit

See for more details.

towboater posted 08-15-2007 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
I cant vouch for the Standard interphase tho I have a Garmin 545s sitting on this desk right now. (removed for security purposes).

Marine Electronics change so fast, it is hard to use past user experiance as a reference but I am waiting for a phone call...

On the commercial users end, we are constantly comparing the sound quality and distances a radio puts out. example, man, you are booming in here, what kind of radio is that? And so we BS about the setups, compare notes. Im probably bias to recommend Standard for the same reasons as Jim does.

I know STandard radios like 12 or more volts, any less and you will toast the transmitter tho it takes awhile. I am a little disappointed the Standard remote unit I use for a traffic monitor on the bridge gets backfeed on the traffic channel from the Tug Cap Evans when we are working ch 73. It may end up on my 19 and buy the 1500 for a monitor and also hook it up to the 545s.

I cant say Icom wouldnt have the same problems.
Ive found the Icom stuff Ive used on other boats or fiddled with at the stores have little things that arent as good as Standards.
Like, Icon has a push button whereas the Standard will have a knob that turns to channels or vol or sq.
But Icon owners seem to like em.

Uniden has always been a commercial grade wanna be.

Moe posted 08-15-2007 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe    
The Icom M402a is, I believe, now (long?) discontinued. Its replacement, the M422 has both NMEA in and out. It is not; however, Class D, meeting only the US-only RTCM SC101 requirements.


Plotman posted 08-16-2007 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
What about the lowrance LVR 850. I have seen it for $99, it has 2-way DSC, NMEA in and out.
Peter posted 08-16-2007 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Like Jim, I too have the Standard Horizon GX-1500S. Besides being a Class D unit, the big channel changing knob sold me on this unit. Very pleased with the product and purchased it for under $150. I have had ICOMs and Standard Horizons over the years and while are very good products, I generally believe Standard Horizon makes a better product for the money.

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