Originally Posted by KenSmithPEng
I want to get a good handheld vhf radio
, so I can communicate back to the mothership when off in the dinghy
, usually out of sight.
Please reply with your recommendations and advice on different products that are on the market today.
I like the Standard Horizon HX380. Good audio quality, waterproof, well thought out battery charger
connection, choice of lithium or AA battery pack. I have two.
Keep in mind that these things are short range due to the low height above water
and the small antenna
. They are line of sight, and best understood as being useful for a few miles. If you have a good installation
on the mother ship with a mast-mounted antenna
you might get five miles on open water
. You will not get reliable coverage if they are out of sight two bays over or way up the river.