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Old 08-01-2016, 09:38 PM   #11
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Last year I bought a boat that had the electronics stolen. First thing I did was install a Cobra VHF with DSC. When hooking it up I found that it had a crap antenna from a company that I had never heard of. So off it came and I bought an 8ft Shakespeare 8db dipole antenna.

A great antenna can make a crap radio good, and crap antenna can make a great radio CRAP!
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Love my i com. I have a handheld and a spot gps locator
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:28 PM   #13
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I just installed a Standard Horizon GX1700 with the built-in GPS. It works great.

Having a cell phone is a good idea, but suppose you want to communicate with someone nearby if you needed something or to check on them. What number would you call? I recently called a passing Coast Guard RIB on my VHF to advise them of a navigation hazard. They turned around and came back to investigate and discuss it with me.

You need that VHF radio with DSC to boot.
I just bought the exact same radio from amazon with a 8' ant. My boat is getting old and wanted to be able to push that distress button and have it send out the GPS without extra wiring to my GPS. LOL!!!!

Nothing like being safe 40 miles out.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:39 AM   #14
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I'd would not say Icom is the BEST.... I'd say they are a top of the line VHF, BUT....I'd put a Standard Horizon of the same caliber against one any day.


But here's the thing..... Standard Horizon does it with a smaller footprint and larger numbers displayed. This saves on real estate on your console for larger electronics.
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Last year I bought a boat that had the electronics stolen. First thing I did was install a Cobra VHF with DSC. When hooking it up I found that it had a crap antenna from a company that I had never heard of. So off it came and I bought an 8ft Shakespeare 8db dipole antenna.

A great antenna can make a crap radio good, and crap antenna can make a great radio CRAP!
No radio can overcome crappy feedline, connectors, or antenna. Pay attention to and set them up properly. They are the driveline of your radio signals. The radio is just the engine.

de W1ADE a ham since '96. Just don't get on the big water much.
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I think my radio is broken and looking into getting new one. I am sort of a stay in site of the shore fishing guy so don't need super strong (or expensive) radio. I have antenna that is broken so need to get new antenna also (I guess). Maybe if I fix up antenna my radio might get better. Just dont want to invest in antenna if I go with handheld that does not need antenna.

Thinking of going to hand held (that I could share with friend that needs one also), but might just stick to mounted one like I have on my boat?

Any advice on hand helds greatly appreciated, or radios in general. Have seen them as cheap as $50-100. Do you need to get antenna that you hook them to? As mentioned I doubt I would ever be further out then 3 miles, so almost thinking my cell is good enough?

If anyone is upgrading to some fancy one, and wants to sell their old one I might be interested.

Thanks in advance.
I've always got a HT (handy talkie/handheld) with me. And would mount a mobile rig into a boat if I had one. Antennas need to be big to work best. And fed properly. But I'm a radio-type guy. I like listening to the other guys out there fishing and a radio gives you a specific audience potential, all at once. Plus the "direct" CG line.

I'd try less-expensive antennas, as antennas are an extremely simple item and as a ham, I've made plenty of them for all sorts of frequencies/bandwidths.

We have to learn a thing or two to get a license, and feedlines and antennas is a big important part of it. Then some of us go on to learn more, to enhance our radio experience.

There are some dirt-cheap import radios flooding the market now and most all I hear about them is that you need a support group of guys who bought the same stuff in order to figure out the programming and operations of them because there are no manuals and no support staff/PDF's.

I've had great service from Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, Alinco, and others, but I don't know how many of those companies market to boaters-or what other names they own. Yaesu commercial gear is Vertex.

I recommend getting a good new antenna and coax (feedline) appropriate for boat use (there is a difference) and hunt down a good used radio. SEE the radio work or be sure the seller will refund you if it doesn't.

If you can buddy up with a ham radio guy, he might steer you right. If he doesn't you can get his legal name and license address at QRZ.com-the online callbook. Also QTH.com has a used gear section. Maybe some VHF marine stuff there.

HTH, tight lines and clear signals.
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