Originally Posted by SteveHall
I am looking for a good all round handheld VHF device - its not going to just be put in a grab bag.
I have been looking at units for about 6 months but they seem to vary so much in price, but all seem to function the same.
So I am after some recommendations on any particular unit’s people are using, and if anyone has any ones to avoid.
My main requirements are:
• Has the option to run on normal batteries – if required
Generally speaking you will find the Standard Horizon 270 well regarded by many people on here. They have also been pretty well recieved in any magazine reviews I have had. There are also ICOM fans here who I am sure will be able to comment on their best value unit.
I have an SH 270E for the application you describe (should cost less than £90 with boat show special offers at the moment). I also have a cheap Cobra unit (I think it retails for about £50) which is pretty crappy in comparison and has put me off cobra electronics.
If you want to spend more you can - but in terms of radio performance it won't be any better, and with the possible exception of the Entel it isn't going to be any more robust. I would speculate that the entry level SH and Icom units are what 85% of people here will have.