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Old 13 August 2012, 04:40   #1
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New handheld VHF required.

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Would appreciate some help in selecting a new VHF. Don't want to spend an absolute fortune, but want something that gives us peace of mind and is robust enough for the amateur boater on a weekend or for the two weeks annual holiday.

Theres lots to choose from so its a bit mind boggling.

Any advice/ personnal experience would be gladly recieved.

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Old 13 August 2012, 06:06   #2
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Cobra MR HH125 is a great radio.
Started off boating a few years back but recently purchased great new rib. Didnt want to spend to much on a vhf so I went onto eBay to have a look. The cobra got fantastic reviews and I must say its brilliant. It just does the job which is what you need and I have used it well so it also seems reliable. They all do the same job but some have more features than others but if you just want a good, reliable VHF then the cobra will be prefect!
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Old 13 August 2012, 06:24   #3
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Icom M71 ther's also a DSC variant if you want to spend a bit more. Quality gear.
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Cobra MR HH125 is a great radio.
Started off boating a few years back but recently purchased great new rib. Didnt want to spend to much on a vhf so I went onto eBay to have a look. The cobra got fantastic reviews and I must say its brilliant. It just does the job which is what you need and I have used it well so it also seems reliable. They all do the same job but some have more features than others but if you just want a good, reliable VHF then the cobra will be prefect!
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Mmm. 3 posts and recommending kit .................
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Not that I can recommend any kit, but you mention your 2 weeks annual holiday. If like me, you are usually away from civilisation for parts of that time battery life may well be an important consideration. From what I have seen the DSC functionality does seriously affect battery life.
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Old 13 August 2012, 07:45   #7
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Battery life is not so much an issue as we take the old tin top with us which has a nice big solar panel stuck to the roof. An inverter takes care of most of our charging needs.

Reliabilty is the key as I have kids on board and we are now looking at doing longer day cruises as well as the more usual fishing/ playing about with the ringo etc.

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Its a 'class' above its similarly priced competitors!
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The ICOM M33 holds a great charge, and its buoyant, I clip mine on my LG so if fall in, I can still use it.
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