Whether or not lightning
"took out" your M802, or you're just upgrading to the M803, here are
the issues to consider when replacing your existing M802
with an M803:
the control head is flush-mounted, the existing hole hole into
which the M802 control head fits will have to be enlarged about
1 28/32" in length, and about 7/16" inch in height.
molex-style connector on the radio end of the M802 antenna tuner
control cable will need to be changed.
suggest that you keep the SP-24 M802 speaker (I don't like the
sound quality produced by e built-in speaker) Like the M802,
the SP-24 plugs into the M803 Main Unit.
Other than the issues cited
above, making the change is basically plug-and-play:
existing AT-140, AT-130, AT-120, tuner works properly with the
M803 (no need to buy a new tuner unless it's lightning or water
existing M802 DC power cable plugs directly into the M803 (no
M803 main unit is built on the same chassis & case as the M802
(It fits where the existing M802 Main Unit is mounted).
As with the M802, DockSide
radio finds that it's necessary for us to reprogram the User Group
Frequency Database (the stock database when shipped is missing
important Marine and Ham Band frequencies, and contains some
relatively useless frequencies.). We also enable speech compression,
and change several of the radio's key settings.
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