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    Default VHF radio suggestions ?

    I'm in the market for a new VHF radio. Looking for salt/waterproof, floating and long battery life and most important easy to use...any suggestions?
    John Hostalka

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    Look at the Standard Horizon brand.
    Easy to use, waterproof and inexpensive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by baitball View Post
    Look at the Standard Horizon brand.
    Easy to use, waterproof and inexpensive.


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    my needs

    +1

    I have one and it meets all my needs
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    Dependable too -- Standard Horizon.
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    For my needs the Standard Horizon is great. Light, smallish (fits in my pfd pocket), clear reception, floats (though I haven't tried that yet). They used to run a rebate as well, may still do.

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    +1 on standard horizon. I opted for the model with the larger battery instead of floating capability. It lasts a few trips before it runs out. I tether it to my vest.
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    another +1 for standard horizon from me.

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    That's what I use. Had another one once that said it floated. It didn't. Mine also has a light which flashes when it gets wet. Makes it easier to find if it ever gets dropped overboard.
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    I'm in the same boat as you but I'm leaning
    towards the Cobra HH500 because of all the things
    others(& myself) like about the various Standard Horizon
    marine radios, except that this Cobra has bluetooth capability
    so you can answer that important phone call from the boss
    w/o risking dropping your smart phone in the water. Plus,
    as some of my friends have mentioned to me about this specific Cobra:
    battery life is very good & also the volume & clarity when talking to others.
    Perhaps someone who owns this radio can elaborate more. I was just checking
    prices last night...waiting for a sale since the polar vortex is visiting this weekend
    & I wont need it just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whenican View Post
    I'm in the same boat as you but I'm leaning
    towards the Cobra HH500 because of all the things
    others(& myself) like about the various Standard Horizon
    marine radios, except that this Cobra has bluetooth capability
    so you can answer that important phone call from the boss
    w/o risking dropping your smart phone in the water. Plus,
    as some of my friends have mentioned to me about this specific Cobra:
    battery life is very good & also the volume & clarity when talking to others.
    Perhaps someone who owns this radio can elaborate more. I was just checking
    prices last night...waiting for a sale since the polar vortex is visiting this weekend
    & I wont need it just yet.
    I had no idea they were doing bluetooth on VHF radios and now you got me wanting one also. At the same time unless it's a family emergency, I'd rather not get phone calls while I'm out fishing.
    There are some complaints about audio on that model. Not a whole lot but they do seem a little to similar to dismiss.
    DOES WHAT IT SAYS. JUST WISH THE AUDIO WAS NOT AS GARBLY AND A LITTLE MORE CLEAR
    The features of this radio are fantastic and this radio is almost perfect for my use except one huge crippling failure, the speaker is far far too faint, its even hard to understand when I drop to idle let alone when underway.
    My only complaint so far is the speaker seems a little underpowered, it can be very difficult to clearly hear when I am running at higher RPMs. Otherwise the radio is absolutely great.
    My only complaint is that it could be a bit louder.
    Speaker is far too faint to be audible when operating my boat, so it kinda is useless unless in emergency situations.
    not loud enough

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