M-80 is a fairly old (20+ year old) non-DSC VHF-Marine radio....
Originally Posted by dmksails
I just purchased has a Icom IC-M80 radio. Assuming it works - would I benefit with upgrading this to a newer radio?
Yes, you would benefit greatly from a new VHF
Since the implementation of the GMDSS in the 1990's Digital Selective Calling (DSC) has been part of the maritime communications
system....and this old Icom M-80 was produced before this, and as such has no DSC
capability at all...
Not sure where you are located, nor where you sail....but if in the US/Canada, UK, Europe
, etc...then signaling shore stations, other vessels, etc. is almost exclusively via DSC
So, not having that will hinder you!
Not to mention that a 20+ year old radio, of unknown operational status, isn't something that most sailors would consider to be reliable, nor something to be thought of as part of their on-board safety
A new Class D, Marine
DSC-VHF-FM, will set you back between $200 and $600....depending on quality and features...
Even if you didn't have the couple hundred dollars available in your budget
, you could find a recent but used VHF-DSC-FM radio, for about what a nice dinner out will cost you!
I recommend Icom M-506 (~ $300 to $500, depending on version/features) or M-604a (~ $500)....
Some here on CF rave about the Standard Horizon 2150 or 2200...
Please let us know where you are located and where / how you sail...