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Old 06-21-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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My vhf gave out on me a while back and that was supposed to be my fathers day gift but I messed around and haven't decided which one I want. Which one would y'all recommend to talk the furthest? My old would talk to coast guard Gulfport and mobile from 70 miles with no problem but I have no clue what it's power was. Of course need the gps hookup and all that

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So do you need a GPS or VHF?
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vhf.....was editing when you posted...was thinking about the gps interface while typing about the vhf
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most of the newer ones have it. the best thing is to go to west marine and look at the ones they have and get some ideas on what you want
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VHF Antenna quality, gain, and how high the antenna tip is from the water (line of sight) plays a bigger factor for your range than the actual radio unit.

Just Google information on VHF radios, line of sight, etc.. As far as gain goes, I'd personally would not go any higher than 6dBa for the antennas gain. Read up on how VHF Radios work, and how they use line of sight. This will help you make a more informed decision on what you should get.

As far as communicating with USCG Stations 70 miles away that was more than likely due to their transmission towers range overlapped your antennas line of sight, which when the better the overlap the stronger the transmission quality is.

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Yea my antenna is 16ft high. 8ft mounted 8 ft up on ttop. Mainly just lookin for info on which radio is gonna be the longest lasting, loudest clearest speaker, and strong enough to cut through the clutter at distance. A 25 ft antenna with a junk radio might reach out there but the transmission will be so full of static and overrun by the clutter that the other party won't be able to hear even if you can hear them fine. Lookin mainly at cobra uniden and standard horizon right now. Price not really factor and with power being equal for the most part I think the best speaker is gonna be the deciding factor for me.
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And mounting an external speaker is not really an option. Just nowhere to put it without some drastic rearrangment of the console or that would make it easy to hear.
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Icom offers excellent quality VHFs. You might like to consider the M36.
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Btw, for batteries, I would recommend a Motorola battery (you can find excellent ones here). Have been using them for quite a long time now and can rely on them even if in tough weather conditions.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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Icom offers excellent quality VHFs. You might like to consider the M36.
To answer the question: Icom, any marine model with the desired hookups. Powerful & reliable.
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