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Vhf flush mount recommendation

Old 06-25-2019, 07:59 AM
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Default Vhf flush mount recommendation

Looking to replace my 14 year old standard horizon flush mount vhf

see good reviews on the uniden and icom

any one have an opinion based on experience for a radio and antenna

have a 26ft cc go up to 50 miles offshore
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:03 AM
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Icom.
Don't look back. Bigger radios are better.
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Antenna for the most part is going to equate to "whatever gets it highest above ground", along with what kind of range you are wanting to achieve.
I've been happy with my Raymarine VHF70, though they now have an updated version.
I's also be looking at the new Simrad with AIS A/B built-in.
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In the past I had an Icom and it was very good. I re-did my electronics a few years back and went all Raymarine. I have a Ray 60 and I am happy with that. Go with an 8ft antenna, mounted as high as you can for best range.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:45 AM
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The new radios by Icom look really good. If I was buying a new radio today, I would give them a try.

Two years ago, I bought a Standard Horizon GX2200 with built in AIS and GPS for my express. At the same time I bought a Standard Horizon GX1700 with built in GPS. The GPS in both units means that the DSC emergency button works out of the box by simply programming your MMSI number into the set. I connected the NMEA 0183 interface on the GX2200 into my Raymarine network and I can list and see AIS targets on my networked plotters. A nice feature, since the display on the GX2200 is on the small side. I connected them both to a fresh set of 8' Shakespeare Galaxy antennas with heavy duty 4' extensions on the hardtop of my express and I am very happy with the performance. They really reach out. The only thing I don't care for with the Standard Horizon radios is the internal speakers. They are crap. I installed a couple of nice extension speakers and aimed them right at the helm station, problem solved. The GX2200 also had the capability to have a PA horn that you can speak or listen with. If you connect up an external horn speaker, the GX2200 will also provide fog signaling.
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Recently upgraded mine to an Icom M506 and an 8ft Digital antenna.
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