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Old 10-13-2006, 10:49 PM
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Does anyone have any thoughts on the Lowrance LVR-850 VHF radios? It seems like a bargin at $99. I had an Icom on the old boat and it wasnt anything special, I just need a clear speaker and the Icom didnt have it.
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What icom did you have?
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Many of the VHF has small speakers--it pays to buy a better quality external speaker, and put it where it is easy to hear. Lowrance is not noted for radios--mostly depthfinders and then later GPS chart plotters.

It looks as if these radios are being sold at WalMart... I would stick with Icom, Standard Horizon or Furuno--or may by Uniden...The Lowrance may be good units, but I have not heard any reports on them.
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Default Re: Lowrance LVR-850 VHF Radio

Thanks for the info guys, the other boat has a ICOM-M45 on it that wasnt that great.
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So having said that, what would you recommend for under $200?
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Default Re: Lowrance LVR-850 VHF Radio

Icom 302 is a great vhf radio for under $200.00
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Default Re: Lowrance LVR-850 VHF Radio

The Standard horizon quest X is also a nice unit and has knob channel control.,
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I'm looking to replace an older non-dsc unit that came with the used boat and has tx issues.
I usually go icom when buying new, however for what I've compared on
paper - Quest X appears to be the best value now a days.
In addition to the rotary knob mentioned above,
Class D DSC (dedicated channel 70 receiver that continuously watches for DSC calls),
and outstanding specs in that price range.
But how does it perform on the water?
All things being equal in terms of a quality antenna,
would like to hear about tx/rx performance and audio_quality?
Perhaps some fellow members could share their Quest-X experiences...


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Thanks guys- I am not going with another Icom, I know that much. Would love to hear more about the Quest X!
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Not one reply to the OPs question. Must not be many of the Lowrance radios out there. Maybe in a few months?
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Default Re: Lowrance LVR-850 VHF Radio

I have a Lowrance LVR 850 VHF with a Shakespeare 4 ft extension and ratchet topped off with a 3' stainless steel whip and base
loaded coil set up. Just took it to a radio shop this week to test out the installation and antenna. Tested out with 26 watts
forward and .5 watts reflected. Ran a full check on the communications monitor at the Motorola shop and seems to be very
good radio. I was a marine radio and radar tech for years and this $91 dollar radio seems to be a great value. Whether you
spend more is really dependent on how many extra features you "think" you need. I for one don't use a radio a lot anymore,
I am tired of that sort of thing, but I do want one that will work well when needed and a lot of that is the installation. As
long as you have the full power available all of these radios will peform about the same distance.

A good basic radio can run from $90 to 150 beyond that it is bells and whistles. A good antenna can be $50 to $300 and up.
A good installation and design will make more of a difference in the radio performance than the price of the radio. Height of
the antenna, clear space for it, and good coax are key to a vhf's great performance.


Steve

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