North Wales Kayak Fishing

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my first impressions of the radio are as follows I have used the Icom euro v as a comparison radio the euro v has served me well .
The m71 has a much better ergonomic shape than the euro-v which makes the m71 a nicer fit in the hand which in turn makes it a lot harder to drop while using or adjusting it while out in the kayak .the physical size of the m71 is smaller than the euro-v so its easier to fit it in to a pocket the Ariel on the m71 is a lot smaller than we have become used to so if fitting this new radio to your pfd the Ariel wont poke your eyes out every time you look around

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The m71 shown on the left (photo above) is 6watts which makes this the most powerful handheld radio available which make quite a difference when using it the coastguard will hear you from a approximately 1 mile further away than any of the 5 watt radios we have all become used to from my house with the m71 I can hear very clearly Liverpool coastguard which is about 25miles away from me although he can not hear me which is expected on a handheld .
I had both radios on but could not hear the coastguard on my euro-v so the extra watt showed its worth .
The display is very easy to read and shows clear Settings with a much nicer amber backlight than the euro-v’s green one.
the buttons on the unit are larger which is a real plus if you are wearing paddle gloves the m71 has many features inc very easy to set squelch which was a bit fiddly on the euro-v and a great feature for vibrating any water ingress in the speaker grill and a great volume test button for when the squelch is set. i found the very easy to navigate around .
The belt clip is also a much improved feature with a much longer tong and a very positive spring grip which would make attaching the m71 to anything much safer less chance of it falling off.

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m71 shown on the left (photo above)
the design of the battery locking mechanism is vastly superior to the euro-v and all the other handhelds I have seen and I have seen many .the battery connection to the radio is now housed at the top side of the unit the battery fits in to a grove and locks very positively then there is a small additional locking arm which makes the whole thing very secure and makes the seal around the connection pins watertight.

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the charging unit has also been re-designed and is much better .when the radio is inserted there is almost a click when it is in position and the radio is held very positively you don’t have to juggle it around to get a good charging position .
So my first impressions on the m71 are it’s a very stylish easy to use powerful radio it’s a sure winner and so far it gets a big thumbs-up on my first impresions .

To operate a vhf marine radio legally you require a certificate of competence usually this is a 1 day course and an OFCOM portable ship licence