Friday, June 23, 2017

ICOM IC-M23

Question: When is an ICOM IC-M23 not an ICOM IC-M23.

Answer: Always.

And this is the story. I have two handheld radios on board Reboot. Despite changing them, installing new batteries and being very careful in their use they always die long before I am done. Since a handheld is a major safety item in the dinghy I decided I better purchase a new one before heading to Indonesia. Icom™ makes excellent radio equipment. They were my choice. I purchased the IC-M23 as I only needed a budget model. My only concern was the charger. Australia is 240V 50Hz and Reboot is wired for 110V 60Hz. Most new electronics come with "world chargers" as did the Icom. A simple plug adapter and I was good to go. Or so I thought. I was wrong. It turns out that Icom tailors their radios to "country of use." As a world cruiser my answer is of course ALL OF THEM! That is not how it works. My new radio has International and US channel sets but does not have Canadian or ATIS. Interesting. And disappointing. Another lesson learned the hard way.

Fair winds and following seas :)

1 comment:

  1. You can find radios like that -- accepts 12p/240V, 50/60 Hz and has the capability to satisfy the regs in all nations -- but not among the budget models.

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