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Old 09-06-2017, 07:12   #1
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What are some of your suggestions on the best radio to get? I dont want anyth ng too expensive just a good radio with so e decent options and antenna
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"Best radio" is like "best boat", entirely dependent on intended use, risk tolerance, and budget. If you're talking a handheld VHF to throw in the dinghy 'just in case', then I'd say the cheapest waterproof handy that you can buy. If you're a ocean-crossing cruiser, that's a different story. What are your demands?
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What are some of your suggestions on the best radio to get? I dont want anyth ng too expensive just a good radio with so e decent options and antenna
To what are you referring? A VHF FM radio or handheld, broadcast band for listening to music or an HF SSB one?
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Referring to a boat mounted VHF for hailing and arrival announcing and all of that. Ship to ship and ship to shore comms.
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Referring to a boat mounted VHF for hailing and arrival announcing and all of that. Ship to ship and ship to shore comms.
I like the Standard Horizon series fixed mount VHF/DSC with a mast head antenna. Had 4 of those and none failed me. They should all be about the same with 25 watt output but some may have more bell and whistles than the others.
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I like the Standard Horizon series fixed mount VHF/DSC with a mast head antenna. Had 4 of those and none failed me. They should all be about the same with 25 watt output but some may have more bell and whistles than the others.
Icom and Simrad make good ones, too. I use an Icom M604, but I particularly like the new Simrad ones with wireless remote mikes.

Pay great attention to the antenna and cabling, and the quality of the installation, which will have a bigger effect on performance of the radio, than any qualities of the radio itself.
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Icom and Simrad make good ones, too. I use an Icom M604, but I particularly like the new Simrad ones with wireless remote mikes.

Pay great attention to the antenna and cabling, and the quality of the installation, which will have a bigger effect on performance of the radio, than any qualities of the radio itself.
True: Experienced that myself: For a while my Radio would hardly transmit 10 miles.
Then I rewired with a new fat cable up the mast, new antenna and silver soldered connectors.
Now the same radio could transmit much better and I had 99NM radio-checks with Tow-Boat US in Pompano Beach from the Great Bahamas Banks.
(They may have a real tall antenna, not sure, but managed several long distance radio-checks after I re-wired)
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that helps narrow it down.


There is no "best" radio. What you will get here is a bunch of personal preferences, likely based on some limited experience with one or two different brands.
You can get that and more simply by searching online reviews of the different brands.

Perhaps a better question you should ask is what, if any, brand(s) to avoid.

Generally, marine VHF radios are built "to a price point" and there is little which separates them in terms of either quality or design.
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I've found most basic VHF radios work fine. It's more about antenna height than anything. A popular brand like Standard Horizon that is not this years latest model can be had for $150-165 new in box. Check Ebay. I've never had a VHF radio that didn't work unless it was an antenna problem. They are all limited to the same wattage of transmit power.
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