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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?
I'm not a fan of the built in GPS/DSC functions for a hand held... I've outlined why elsewhere in the forum.
regarding a small handheld that would be appropriate for a belt, iCom makes a model that should fit the bill; IC-M88 VHF Marine Transceiver - Features - Icom America
Do you have a link for why you don't like the gps/dsc handhelds? Search did not bring it up.
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