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rleslie 21-05-2006 19:33

Handheld VHF for ditchbag
I want to begin looking for a waterproof handheld vhf for our ditch bag. Any recommendations on brand, strength, and inexpensive source will be appreciated.

Roger Leslie

Vasco 22-05-2006 04:51

Cheapest one from WM
I got the cheapest one from WM. (forget the brand) as I've got a RAM mike and seldom use a handheld anymore. The good thing about it is that it has a rechargeable battery and also takes AA's so if you're going to put it in a ditch bag you can also include 2 sets of AA's unless your raft or dink has a 110 outlet.

2divers 22-05-2006 05:52

Practical Sailor either just did or is getting ready to do a bit on hand held VHF's. I'd look there before you buy...


Jon D 22-05-2006 06:06

I too have the west marine one in the ditch bag. it is in a waterproof bag on top of it's being waterproof. the main requirement for ditch bag vhf is is takes AAs. You do not want to depend on recharge-ability for that radio. Also sticking a couple of packs of lithium AAs in is not a bad idea.

Charlie 22-05-2006 07:48

We have the inexpensive WM VHF w/ the dry bag. Bit of advice is don't trust the connection from the bag to the neck strap. Ours broke less than a week of owning them. The fix was really easy. Take the neck strap and put it in the rolls of the dry bag.

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