Originally Posted by goboatingnow
In my opinion the dual VHF is a bit overkill and requires dual antennas anyway. My experience is that Standard Horizon is the best VHF on the market, much better then ICOM
Dual VHFs do seem like overkill but I have not found a perfect (at least perfect for me) way to deal with communications
in the cockpit
and also below so am leaning towards a dual VHF setup. This does not require dual antennaes. A simple coax switch (manual or automatic switches are both available) will allow two radios to use one antennae (not at the same time). Defender has them for about $35.00 if I recall
. Been using them for years to connect my FM stereo to the masthead VHF antennae. Gives you great range on the stereo. I could easily pull in most Miami
and Ft Lauderdale stations from Bimini
and occasionally much further.
Currently using a handheld VHF in the cockpit
which is where I need VHF 90% of the time but have to constantly recharge or change batteries. Plus the range is limited. Not usually a problem when calling bridges or oncoming traffic but occasionally I want the range.
I don't really like the remote/command mike system (plus they are not cheap) so unless there are other ideas the dual system seems to be the best compromise. Plus you do have a backup radio
just in case.
Agree that Standard Horizon is top of the line. Have had them in every boat I've owned and never had one die, not even when installed in an open cockpit power boat
. Have a handheld and flush mount that are both 15 years old and still work like new.