For any weighing the utility of having one in a ditch bag, against the cost, weight, size and expertise required to use, my Yaesu FTA-230 cost $200, weighs 12.7 oz (360 grams) and is 2.36" X 4.5" X 1.2" w/o detachable 6" antenna
use to call a plane out on 121.5 requires just turning it on, pressing the upper right button marked 121.5, then press 'push to talk' button.
Includes the AC adapter, DC Car adapter, NiMH rechargeable battery AND it comes with the back-up AA Alkaline battery pack
, too. (Oh yeah, headset cable, too.)
IC-A14, which I've also owned, is similar priced, but IMO less features/benefits/value all around when you compare the two. For instance, the ICOM
is only water
resistant, where the Yaesu is fully submersible. More included accessories with Yaesu, too. (Icom's back-up AA Alkaline battery pack and 12vdc car adapter would cost another $60.00, EACH!
FYI, I don't have any financial interest in any radio
sales, but maybe an inexpensive airband will be helpful to somebody someday when their EPIRB
goes down with the ship and no working sat phone
is at hand. It's happened before.
That said, for any with an EPIRB
and sat phone
, probably best getting a PLB next, before acquiring an air band transceiver.