Features January 2008 Issue

Icom Updates VHF

New M34 challenges Uniden, PS’s reigning Best Choice VHF.

We last reported on handheld VHF radios in an October 2006 review of eight units priced under $175. The Uniden MHS350 ($150) took top honors, while the Standard Horizon HX270S ($100) was selected as the Practical Sailor Budget Buy. Two Icom radios—the IC-M32 and the IC-M2A—were also tested, but their short battery lives kept them out of the winner’s circle. Since that review, Icom has replaced the IC-M32 with a totally redesigned handheld that floats: the IC-M34. We put it through the same tests as the handhelds reviewed in 2006, following the required 14-hour charge with the supplied AC charger.

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