Originally Posted by captnjack
Many handhelds have DSC now. The floating waterproof ones are particularly attractive.
I don't think there are any UK approved DSC h/helds and certainly none with a built in gps which IMHO is a key feature of DSC for distress calling.
The Standard Horizons are generally well regarded on here.
If you have (1) a battery; (2) space on/in your console; (3) somewhere sensible to put an ariel (like an a-frame) then fixed is probably preferable. Not sure how much difference you will see in range from a handheld compared to a fixed unless you can get an ariel high up.
Cost does work out about 2x as much for a similar quality fixed unit (with ariel etc) as a hand held.