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KevinWP

Recommend a VHF Radio

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KevinWP

Hey everyone. New boater here.

My family group practically lives at Lake Powell and they all recommended getting a marine VHF radio. Which one would you recommend? Fixed mount or handheld? Will I need an antenna for Lake Powell since there are so many canyon walls?

Thanks!

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CharlieBeaU

This is the one I got. It says it's floating. I haven't had the inclination to throw my new radio in the water to test this for sure but I'm sure my 1.5 year old will test it soon enough. I actually really like the bluetooth feature. I pair it with my phone and can use it to make phone calls on the water. Seems to work pretty well so far but I really can't speak to actual range especially in canyons.

Cobra Marine HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

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Pistol Pete

This topic comes up about once a year, search and you'll see.

If you're on that large lake that often, I would think a fixed mount would be in order. You'll need the extra power. Have a professional install it, there's a lot to know about the antennae. Icom radios get a lot of respect around here.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=icom+vhf

 

 

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Pnwrider

Do you get cell coverage where you boat?

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pknappe

I got a Cobra handheld. It works well but is mostly line of sight and we use it to talk to the houseboat when we are searching for beaches. I don't think you will get reception in a steep canyon, even with a fixed mount. 

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Sailvi767

VHF radio is by definition line of sight. 

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MystiikVLX

So the VHF doesn't really work in the winding lakes that a lot of us frequent in the mountains?

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APoko
On 4/15/2016 at 3:58 PM, Pistol Pete said:

This topic comes up about once a year, search and you'll see.

If you're on that large lake that often, I would think a fixed mount would be in order. You'll need the extra power. Have a professional install it, there's a lot to know about the antennae. Icom radios get a lot of respect around here.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=icom+vhf

 

 

I highly recommend the Icom handheld radios, as far as handhelds go they're the best.

I've had an M-72 for 7-8 years we used as a backup on our big SeaRay and to carry on our dinghy when out cruising the Great Lakes around Michigan.  I now carry the M-72 on my Malibu.  The transmit and receive performance of an handheld is nowhere near what you can get from a fixed mount radio with a 8' antenna, but probably not many of us want a giant VHF antenna on our Malibu.  

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