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Old 13 June 2018, 03:34   #1
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Handheld vhf for around the £100 mark

Im after a vhf for the sib i wont be going out too far around a mile out will be the furthest we will go..

I have seen a few im guessing the cobra hh125 aint upto much am i better off spending abit more for the likes of a standard horizon hx300e ?

Any suggestions guys for £100 or less
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There was a Standard Horizon doing the the rounds not long ago for about £99 iirc
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If you have £100 then you can't really go wrong with the SH HX300E.... the Ford Focus of the VHF world (in a good way!).

https://www.marinesuperstore.com/mar...iABEgI_b_D_BwE
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Old 13 June 2018, 07:52   #4
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I use a Cobra HH125....absolutely no issues what so ever and at 6Watts it's 20% more powerful than the HX300 .

What's with constantly knocking Cobra. Utterly bomb proof, never had one fail (and one of my handhelds must be 15 years old.) which is more than I can say for the dead Icoms lying in my garage.
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The Cobra HH125 seems to be a 3W??

https://www.force4.co.uk/cobra-hh125...yABEgK4BPD_BwE

The HH350 at £110 is a 6W and it floats so is more comparable to the SH HX300E

https://www.force4.co.uk/cobra-hh350...vhf-radio.html
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the only issue I have with cobra is the very quite (not so) loud speaker.
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I use a Cobra HH125....absolutely no issues what so ever and at 6Watts it's 20% more powerful than the HX300 .
I've always wondered if they really put out 20% more or its just marketing and they both put out 5.5W and are within "reasonable error" of the claims!
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What's with constantly knocking Cobra.
when they first launched in the UK they produced a load of plastic tat. Things that claimed to be water proof that weren't, things that were clearly built to a budget so they could be the cheapest on the market. I can't say if they have improved or not, as after the PTT button on my cheap cobra H/h stuck ON when it was a few weeks old I swore never to buy one again.
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Utterly bomb proof, never had one fail (and one of my handhelds must be 15 years old.) which is more than I can say for the dead Icoms lying in my garage.
Have you discussed the dead Icoms with Icom. One of the things that made them the go to brand in marine VHF 10-15 yrs ago was that their approach to customer service was great. I never even got a reply to my email to cobra about a product that was essentially a safety issue not just for me but everyone else who I was drowning out (fortunately I spotted it before I had left it on 16 all day!).
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I've always wondered if they really put out 20% more or its just marketing and they both put out 5.5W and are within "reasonable error" of the claims!

when they first launched in the UK they produced a load of plastic tat. Things that claimed to be water proof that weren't, things that were clearly built to a budget so they could be the cheapest on the market. I can't say if they have improved or not, as after the PTT button on my cheap cobra H/h stuck ON when it was a few weeks old I swore never to buy one again.

Have you discussed the dead Icoms with Icom. One of the things that made them the go to brand in marine VHF 10-15 yrs ago was that their approach to customer service was great. I never even got a reply to my email to cobra about a product that was essentially a safety issue not just for me but everyone else who I was drowning out (fortunately I spotted it before I had left it on 16 all day!).


6 or 5 is academic, your horizon in a RIB/SIB is only about 4/5 miles anyway & 5W is plenty to get you as far as you can see. You could argue longer battery life from the 5W depending on battery capacity.
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The Cobra HH125 seems to be a 3W??

https://www.force4.co.uk/cobra-hh125...yABEgK4BPD_BwE

The HH350 at £110 is a 6W and it floats so is more comparable to the SH HX300E

https://www.force4.co.uk/cobra-hh350...vhf-radio.html
My apologies... it is an HH350 I've got.
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..... Have you discussed the dead Icoms with Icom. One of the things that made them the go to brand in marine VHF 10-15 yrs ago was that their approach to customer service was great. I never even got a reply to my email to cobra about a product that was essentially a safety issue not just for me but everyone else who I was drowning out (fortunately I spotted it before I had left it on 16 all day!).
I can see the nature and consequences of this problem are extreme but it could well be a "one of". One of my dead Icoms was dead because the shafts of squelch and volume controls had rusted up solid on a set that was installed in a wheelhouse and never saw as much as a spit of rain.
IMO That's cheap tac.
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