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Old 04-26-2003, 10:36 AM
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I was thinking of going with a hand held VHF radio because of space limitations in my center console. I was wondering, in your opinion, what is the best hand held out there and what kind of range can I expect from it versus a standard VHF?
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I personally like Icom www.icomamerica.com for quality radios. www.consumersmarine.com is a great place to buy. I would get the handheld with the batteries (AA), Vs internal rechargeable battery, and then go with rechargeables. You can always find AA bateries in an emergency. Also get a 12v cigarette socket adapter for the hand held when used on the boat. Keep in mind the handheld is only 4-6 mile (5-6 watts) range Vs three times that or more with a 25 watt on the boat. Hope this gets you started in the right direction.

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4wheeler:

Forget the hand held, not enough range!

Look at the Standard or Icom units that feature the remote mic. I used this on one of my whalers and use it now. The radio can be mounted anywhere and the remote cable to the mic lets you have ALL functions thru the mic. It's great for use as a second station also.

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Search the forums for discussions. There have been a lot on handhelds and handhelds vs. fixed mount. The range difference may not be as great as you think because it is heavily influenced by antenna height.

My recommendation for a handheld - Standard Horizon (whihever of the top three you prefer to pay for). I have the 350S model.

Fixed mount - Icom. You can buy a good one for $150 - $200. I have the M45. Make sure to get a good antenna. From what I could determine, the Digital antennas are among the best. 8' would be your best choice, but a 4' should be adequate (I have the 4').

Radios on board - both. I don't think a handheld can replace a fixed mount in most cases - some range issues, some signal strength and ability to travel under varying conditions, potential dead battery issues, sound quality of the speaker is sometimes iffy.
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Icom or Standard in either fixed or handheld. Nothing else!
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Old 04-28-2003, 08:26 AM
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I think I recognize you from another "Local" board.

Shoot me an e-mail if you want to talk. We like the ICOM's, but many like the Standards also.
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You should first install a fixed mount VHF, ALOT better range. Icom probably makes the best VHF radios out there.

But, if you do get a handheld, try the Icom M1v, it has a lithium Ion battery that lasts FOREVER, and I'm not kidding. I've been using mine off and on all winter and have yet to charge it since last October. I'm actually starting to wonder about the thing.....

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quote:Originally posted by Mumblerone:
I would get the handheld with the batteries (AA), Vs internal rechargeable battery, and then go with rechargeables. You can always find AA bateries in an emergency.


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I couldn't disagree what that more. FORGET AA batteries. Who wants to drive around looking for batteries for a emegency radio?? In fact, your 50 miles offshore, your AA batteries are dead, ah, where ya gonna buy new ones?? Stick with internal rechargables, particularly Litium Ion.

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As the Birdman says,"there ain't no WAWA or7-11 50 miles offshore." Get a fixed mount or recharable batteries.
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i second a fixed mounted they make some pretty compact ones now , i would get a hand held for emergencies when the fixed mounted one goes out i like the icom fixed mounted and i have a standard hand held
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Go with a quality fixed mount VHF - either ICOM or Standard.

Couple that with a good antenna - Digital or Shakespeare.

I have a Standard Horizon Intrepid LE with a Shakespeare Galaxy 5225 antenna. Plenty of power and range.

I just recently bought a handheld VHF for the ditch bag and other applications. I selected the Standard Horizon HX350S. It's a great radio with lots of features, plus it's submersible 1 meter/30 min.
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Birdman ...how many of those internal recharbles are you going to bring with you? I have rechargeable AA as extras, if I can't find those...I'll bet I can scrounge up some AA's quicker than you can find another internal battery that fits or a charger. That's my reasoning. Lithium Ion is fine, I currently have High Energy Nickel-Metal Hydride spares. Whatever works is great.

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mumble; I'm seatrialing the new one next monday!

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The new Standard VHF or the boat? I'll get mine in the water on Sunday (the boat that is! ) unless it's snowing! Have fun let us know how it goes.

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Okay, so I have been convinced that I should be buying a fixed mount VHF. Probably a Standard Horizon Eclipse + or ICOM 402S. Now my problem is that I was going to mount it on the top right side of my center console. But on the Shakespear website it says that the antenna should not be any closer than 3 ft from the radio. I was going to mount the radio and antenna on the right side of my center console to the right of the steering wheel. But they would only be about a foot apart. Will they still work properly or do I have to move the antenna to the left where it would propably be in my way?
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Tried to send you an email, but the address in your profile doesn't seem to work.
I have a one-year old Standard Horizon Eclipse+ (black) that I am replacing with an ICOM M502. Eclipse is in great shape - mounted inside an electronics box. Email me if you are interested in a great deal.
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ocnslr, thanks for the offer. Unfortunately I was looking for the white model. As far as email, you needed to remove the "NO_SPAM" from the address.
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4wheeler:

Get the Intrepid and remote mic and you can mount the radio in the friggin bilge if you want.

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The point is, I DON'T need ANY "extras". The Lithium Ions last forever, almost littarally. If you run that radio down (Icom m1v), then the least of your problems will be the radio, you'll probably have forgotten the english language already....

Anyway, why would ya need an extra, when ya can just -RE-CHARGE.

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Birdman ...as always, your point is well taken. Great idea; period. BUT, if just once, you head out with the VHF in hand, and...you just plain forgot to charge it. Now you need it, and it quits in five minutes. What are you going to do? You not going to charge it on the boat. That's my only point. Most of the stuff we have for safety, well never probably need anyways...just an exercise in different aproaches.

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