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Post Posted: 08:59am - May 8,17 
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Pretty much what the title says. Thanks for any recommendations.

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Post Posted: 09:46am - May 8,17 
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I have an ICOM. Works great.

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Post Posted: 10:25am - May 8,17 
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I have the cobra and its pretty good but the distance isnt that great. I guess what can you expect from a hand held though

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Post Posted: 10:37am - May 8,17 
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To me the most important feature in a Vhf radio both fixed mount or handheld is the built in GPS. If you need help you push the red button and they know exactly where you are. The 2 radios I considered was the Icom M93D and the Standard Horizon HX870. Both Top tier radios. Both have built in GPS, Float, strobe light, and waterproof. I went with the HX870 because it is much cheaper. The M93D has some navigation functions that is nice but not worth the extra expense to me.


As far as distance they all only go a few miles on the water BUT the coast guard have very good antennas mounted very high and can hear you much farther. Heard a story recently from a local captain that was over 20 miles I think from the coast guard station and was able to talk to them for a mayday call.

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Post Posted: 06:11am - May 16,17 
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have a icom m-73 for 6yrs now great radio and they do float when dropped in the lake. if I had to get another one would get one with the gps/strobe feature like storm warning recommends.

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Post Posted: 07:34am - May 16,17 
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all handhelds are required to be low out put one or 5 watt standard ss installed in boat with good antenna 25 watt

hand helds are better than way nothing but very limited

try this test leave your ship to shore in your boat on low for a day call all your friends you can, see how many receive your call
i have been on radio watch at the uscg station with signal received and relayed from sears tower no such thing as too good a radio when things are going wrong

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