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Old 07-18-2005, 05:01 AM
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Looking for a quality VHF radio in the 200.00-300.00 price range. I am currently running a Raymarine C-120 system in the boat with a hand held VHF. Do I go with a Raymarine radio or is there another maker I should be looking at. I want to connect it to the NMEA port on the C-120. PS what about antennas?
Old 07-18-2005, 06:48 AM
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Several makes are available, Standard, Uniden, Icom. Some bad press on this forum about the Icom 402s, most of which is probably install or antenna related, but its worth consideration. My 402s is connected to the C120 using the NMEA leads that came in the C120 box. I have a 8' Digital antenna that I'm happy with.
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Have a look at www.powerboat-reports.com. You won't be able to read the whole report without a subscription, but the introduction that you can display will answer your questions. Go to "Back Articles."
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I like Standard Horizon with Digital antenna. Opinios do vary but it seems like SH and ICOM are top of the list for most.

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Icom and Standard are both very good, reliable, and consistent brands. No reason to go with any others. The NMEA interfacing with your Raymarine C-120 will work just as well.
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Just remember, the vhf is only as good as the antenna its hooked to.I like the Icom 302 for a simple low cost radio.
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swamppro - 7/24/2005 10:54 PM

Just remember, the vhf is only as good as the antenna its hooked to.I like the Icom 302 for a simple low cost radio.
Yup. The best radio: Icom, with SH a close second. The best antenna: Morad, with Digital a close second.

As Samblate points out, Powerboat Reports recently completed their evaluations of VHF radios. In June 2005, Icom M302 came out on top for VHF under $160. And Icom M602 took it again for hi-end VHF radios (to be published in the Aug 2005 issue). In both evaluations, Std Horz proved a close second.
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ditto - ICOM 302 is unbeatable for price and performance. a true no-frills, reliable unit that should be on any boaters short list who doesn't want to spend a load of cash on a vhf.

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