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Old 22-12-2010, 09:39   #1
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Best Non-Handheld VHF ?

hey folks,

I've been searching through the forum for recommendations, but haven't found any yet.

What's the best VHF out there? I've had a basic WestMarine model for the past year, and eventually I would like to upgrade, but I'd rather spend a little more and get one that'll last me for a long while. The only thing I'm pretty certain of is that I'd like one with a numeric keypad - the whole "go six nine, over" followed by hitting the "up channel" button twenty-odd times is a real buzz kill.

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I like the ICOM M504 ($280).
The Standard Horizon GX2100W is a nice radio, if a tad pricey ($400). Their GX2000W is also nice ($200).
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Take alook at the Standard Horizon Matrix AIS GX2100. Has built in AIS, don't need another antenna. I put one on my boat before going to the Bahamas and really like it. It does not have a numeric keypad but that does not bother me. I have it coupled to a Standard Horizon chart plotter and it shows AIS targets on the plotter with information.
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I like the ICOM M504 ($280).
The Standard Horizon GX2100W is a nice radio, if a tad pricey ($400). Their GX2000W is also nice ($200).
Personally, I can't stand the ICOM cords -- they're too stiff. The RAM mic connections leave much to be desired too. I have the ICOM 422(?) but I'd much prefer the Standard Horizon. My next will be the SH Matrix w/ AIS receiver and cockpit RAM (I think the Matrix 2100 w/ AIS can now be had for @$300 USD).
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Take alook at the Standard Horizon Matrix AIS GX2100...
... It does not have a numeric keypad but that does not bother me...
The "Oversized rotary channel knob with push to enter" may actually be as quick (to select higher chanels) as an alpha numeric keypad.
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Nice one, I think you're probably right - the WestMarine one doesn't offer a knob to select the channel, I'm sure that would be a lot faster than the Channel Up/Channel Down buttons...
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Go with standard horizon and you can't go far wrong way better then ICOM

Come on standard bring out the integrated class b transponder version I'm dying waiting

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