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Waterproof Handheld Radio Suggestions?

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  • Waterproof Handheld Radio Suggestions?

    Looking to pick up a couple HT's for rescue swimming and (non-motorized) boat ops, mostly for freshwater incidents. All of our current handhelds are Kenwoods and BK's, but to my knowledge neither of these companies makes a waterproof version. Google tells me that the Coasties use Icom IC-M72's, does anyone have experience with these, or any other HT that you like?


  • #2
    The M72 is a marine band radio. Works well, but maybe not what you are looking for since that is mainly what motorized boats would utilize. It's not a bad idea to have some if you are operating around motorized boats.

    I have utilized both the Icom F50V/F60V series and the F3031S/F4031S series as a swimmer, instructor and boat / PWC operator. They have performed well in hurricane conditions as well. We put a tether on them with a key chain style carabiner so we don't lose them.

    I am not technical enough to know the differences, but lots of info on the Icom web site.

    I believe all of ours are programmed on the 16 channels of the business class GMRS or something similar.


    • #3
      Great, thanks for the input! I realized after my post that the M72 doesn't cover our freq range, so I'll check these two out. Much appreciated.


      • #4
        During hurricane Sandy....I put mine in a freezer style zip lock storage bag.
        "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?


        • #5
          Yeah we've tried that, and we even have a couple of the dedicated "radio dry bags," but we've had limited success with them. Its hard enough to maintain radio contact during swiftwater rescues w/o added difficulties.


          • #6
            Update: We went with the HX370 from Standard Horizon. Our radio tech wasn't very enthusiastic about the brand, but so far they're working out great!



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