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Old 03-20-2014, 06:43 AM   #11
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the main thing I want is something cheap and reliable and easy to use.
So.....Why have a radio at all?..........Answer:.....It's a piece of safety equipment.

Do not go cheap on safety....Your life may depend on it!
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:02 AM   #12
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So.....Why have a radio at all?..........Answer:.....It's a piece of safety equipment.

Do not go cheap on safety....Your life may depend on it!
So what would be a reliable radio in your opinion for $100-175? Like I said I don't plan on going far offshore so I don't think I'm gonna need a huge antenna. Thanks
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:44 PM   #13
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http://standardhorizon.com/indexVS.c...3&isArchived=0



http://www.boemarine.com/standard-ho...ck-map-149-99/


http://www.boemarine.com/standard-ho...ck-map-149-99/


This HD Mount- http://www.boemarine.com/shakespeare...ratchet-mount/
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:04 PM   #14
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Thanks! I'm gonna look into them
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:23 PM   #15
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I have had a couple different makes. I would only buy an Icom fixed mount. I own 2 and they have no problems for 5 years. I also own a Icom handheld that has worked with no problems for 5 years. I like the Digital antenna company, they make there plug that needs no assembly and have outlasted any other make that I have owned. Like other posts, when it comes to safety spend a little extra for quality. Icom has excellent tech support if needed. This time of year there are usually rebates.

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:20 AM   #16
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I have had a couple different makes. I would only buy an Icom fixed mount.
While Icom is or should I saw has been in the top 2 for years. I've heard some things about cheapening the product.....But the reason I pick S/H is SIZE.

It's physically a smaller unit, so it takes up less room. Especially important if you want to flush mount.....And Yet it has the largest display for tired eyes.

Something else I didn't like about the Icom. When interfaced with GPS it scrolls the position across the screen. S/H it's there just like you'd read it on a GPS screen, as well as the date and time of day.

I've installed a lot of S/H radios....But the last radio I bought for myself is a Garmin 200. Why?.......NMEA 2000 interface....Plug N Play GPS position.

There is only one other radio brand on the market right now that is NMEA 2000. It's a Lowrance and not very sought after.

All others are NMEA 0183

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Old 03-21-2014, 12:57 PM   #17
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My main radio is a Standard Horizon with the built in GPS. Also will interface with the regular gps too but has its own as well and it can serve as a back up gps too as it wil store waypoints and navigate to them with a compass arrow. No map display of course just give compass arrow heading etc. register the number and has the emergency transmission. Since it has its own GPS no need to interface but like i said you can and I would suggest doing it just for redundancies sake. Like I said the handlheld I posted is a good radio but I only use it as a back up on the big boat, in the skiff, and in the treestand.
This is the one in my boat. http://www.standardhorizon.com/index...3&isArchived=0

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:13 PM   #18
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So what would be a reliable radio in your opinion for $100-175? Like I said I don't plan on going far offshore so I don't think I'm gonna need a huge antenna. Thanks
Trust me, that was my thinking, get a quality radio & good antenna. My handheld can't reach Sea-tow from the 3mb

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:59 PM   #19
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My main radio is a Standard Horizon with the built in GPS. Also will interface with the regular gps too but has its own as well and it can serve as a back up gps too as it wil store waypoints and navigate to them with a compass arrow. No map display of course just give compass arrow heading etc. register the number and has the emergency transmission. Since it has its own GPS no need to interface but like i said you can and I would suggest doing it just for redundancies sake. Like I said the handlheld I posted is a good radio but I only use it as a back up on the big boat, in the skiff, and in the treestand.
This is the one in my boat. http://www.standardhorizon.com/index...3&isArchived=0
That is a nice unit. It's still not NMEA 2000

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NMEA 0183 Input and Output of GPS information to other devices
http://www.boemarine.com/standard-ho...ck-map-229-99/

A touch over $200 will buy it...The only thing short....That "I" would want is a PA.
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