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PeteB88 posted 01-03-2009 01:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for PeteB88   Send Email to PeteB88  
[Seeks] any information or experience with the Icom IC M3A VHF Marine handheld radio? I have a chance to get one used for $75. Low use, good shape but not sure how old it is. Thanks - Happy New Year
jimh posted 01-03-2009 08:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I'd would be most concerned about the condition of the battery. Typically a replacement battery will be about $75. Also, make sure a replacement battery is still available. Sometimes when the design changes the manufacturer no longer supplies the old battery pack configuration. And be sure the charger works, especially if you have a drop-in charger.

In evaluating the price, figure that you will have to buy a new battery. Then compare the cost of the used hand held and new battery to just buying a new hand held.

Chuck Tribolet posted 01-03-2009 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The good news is that the M3A uses AA NiCD batteries. Now,
those are a getting a bit hard to find in this day of NiMH
batteries, but are still findable, and not very expensive.
And here's a discussion about using NiMH batteries in the
M3A: .

The bad news is that M3A is only waterproof to JIS-4 (that
means kinda sorta splashproof). Almost all current handhelds
are JIS-7 (submersible 3', 30 minutes).

And I found a reference to the M3A being $99 brand new
several years ago.

I'd pass.


HAPPYJIM posted 01-03-2009 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
A friend had one on a trip to the Bahamas, bare-boating on a 50 footer. Coming back to the sailboat after a night of heavy partying, he dropped it in the bottom of the dingy which held a small amount of water in the bottom. Just a quick dip and it was history. Go with submersible, you won't regret it.
PeteB88 posted 01-03-2009 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Thanks,I passed on the radio and appreciate you taking time to respond to this thread.

Happy New Year

towboater posted 01-04-2009 02:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Yo Pete.
Howz it goin?

I still have the pile of the ol Standard SX radios sitting in a box if you want them. They were top of the line at one time. Ive kept using them because seems like there was a time transmit power was limited to 1 watt or so and these will put out 10 watts...I think...all I know is they reach out further. I think the FCC changed to allow more output on handhelds now.

The SX nicad bats are expensive and hard to find.

Im using Standard handhelds daily lately. As you know, this involves commercial duty, wet, rough service. No problems.

ICOM's are ok but I think you are money ahead to consider new. ProdCatID=85&ProdID=1112&DivisionID=3

The thing I like best about this setup is the 12v charger & mike is included. I used to cringe when shopping for handhelds to use on a boat powered by 12v that required a special order (extra cost) for a 12v adapter & charger. Geez, I needed a suitcase just to pack around all the accessories. The above unit is complete, install a 12v cig plug if you dont have one, plug n play.


towboater posted 01-04-2009 02:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
I guess the mike isnt included, but, Im pretty sure the total price w/mike was $150...maybe $165 last winter.
PeteB88 posted 01-05-2009 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Thanks guys, I let it go...appreciate your help.

and Happy New Year

PeteB88 posted 01-05-2009 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Tow - we thought we could use extra radios and electronics for our kid's projects so if they work what the heck? We have found that if fishing or running a boat doesn't interest them ("Boring!!!! and I want to throw them overboard!!) that electronics do. Once we get them "hooked" on something then the rest comes easy. That said we are looking at expanding that effort now that we moved right next to Lake Mich and have lots of things going on. How's the Gorge? We're planning a trip there Spring or Summer to reconnect w/ friends and have some fun.


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