Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

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Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby Ran » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:42 pm

Hi,
Anyone got any good ideas on how to attach this to either me/boat but preferably to me!
For some reason this model comes with no attachment widgets at all...maybe thats why it floats! Im carrying it either in my deckbag or in my BA pocket but in a fall oot situation..the radio would be away.
Any handy hints would be grand
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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby tg » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:50 pm

Put in an Aquapac radio bag and tie it down.
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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby Voodoo » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:53 pm

tg wrote:Put in an Aquapac radio bag and tie it down.


There I was racking my brains as to how best to do it and sometimes its the simplest way is the best :-)
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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby mick m » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:54 pm

Iv got the IC m32, It waterproof but iv seen more icoms die of corosion than shold , I cary it in a aqua poack , it swets a litel but thats OK as it is water proof , the bag has a strap on it which I tie to the boat or stuf into the day hatch , im not real keen on cariying half my kit on my BV , realisticaly how often wold you get seperated from your boat ?
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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby MikeB » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:57 pm

I assume it's belt clip is the same as the M71 - in which case drill a couple of holes:

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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby geoffm » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:12 pm

realisticaly how often wold you get seperated from your boat ?

It's only gotta happen once Mick....
I carry my PLB and my VHF on me.

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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby ian johnston » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:27 am

Hi Ran,

If the M33 has a wrist loop fromthe top corner of the casing like the M71, use a length of bungee to attach it to your BA and stow it in the pocket.

I use a Reed BA and the M71 fits nicely in the right hand pocket - right hand means that the antenna can poke through the top of the pocket if you leave the zip open just a little, but doesn't get in the way. Like Geoff, I want my radio with me, not the boat!

I would caution against putting any electronic device in an Aquapac (or similar). I'm responsible for numerous portable VHF units at work - and the quickest way to kill one is to put it in it's own personal sauna, then change the outside temperature up and down. The waterproof units are designed specifically for use where they're are going to get wet.

There's a couple of threads on the forum concerning corrosion issues with Icom radios - specifically around the battery terminals. The battery connections do seem to have been redesigned - my two year old M71 doesn't have any problems. Worth disconnecting the battery now and again, drying the terminal areas and smearing a tiny bit of vaseline or similar across the contacts though.

Hope this helps

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Re: Icom MC33 VHF Any handy hints?

Postby Ran » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:16 pm

Thanks chaps!
MikeB excellent photo, cheers, and Ian once again thanks for the tip.
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