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Old 06-29-2003, 08:22 PM   #1
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My Raymarine (actually Apelco) Handheld unit just died after 4 years. I do mostly inshore fishing but also do some nearshore wrecks and reefs to 15 Mi. out. Should I get another handheld or change to a mounted unit. I will be a creative install because of lack of space due to a FF and Garmin GPS MAP 176 already installed. What is a reasonable range with a handheld. I have been told that because my antenna would not be sustantially higher, and since VHF is line-of-sight, that the range is not that different. (no T-top to mount antenna up high)
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The problem with a handheld on a fixed mounted 8' antenna with a 12v external power supply is that you still have only 5-6 watts maximum output Vs 25 watts output with a fixed mount. For offshore use I'd go with a fixed mount. The hand held should be for backup. You need wattage to 'punch' through the other chatter!

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Old 06-30-2003, 09:42 AM   #3
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I agree with Mumbler. A 'mounted' VHF is the way to go, and will cost about the same money as a decent hand-held (including antenna) while giving you 25 watts of power.

I mounted my VHF on the console, and mounted my antenna on the grab-rail with a nylon ratchet mount (shown in the 'travel position' below).

It might not be optimum, but it's much better than a hand-held.
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