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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?
For what it's worth I have had three Icom Command mics, none of which worked for more than a year or so. The plug is extremely delicate and it didn't help that the place in the cockpit where it connected was an area with some traffic. The problems we had were not so much related to the plug as that the mics just quit receiving or transmitting. I sent the base radio and mic in within the first year or two, then replaced the mic twice more before giving up and buying a handheld a few years ago. Going to try again with the B&G system (wireless) on the new boat.
I also had a problem with an ICOM command mike a number of years ago, due to the weakness of the panel mounted connector that would get bumped periodically. It was just plain flimsy. I replaced the VHF and remote mike with a Standard Horizon version and havenít had a problem.
I have also noticed that ICOM beefed up their connector, which is similar to the SH connector, so it may no longer be a problem.