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Portable VHF Radio Gift for Buddy

Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by Harry Krause, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. Harry Krause

    Harry Krause Guest

    A close friend is buying a skiff for inshore fishing and I can't talk
    him into installing a "permanent" VHF radio with antenna. So for XMAS, I
    plan on buying him a portable VHF as a gift.

    But there are so many of them out there. I have a ICOM portableI use
    (rarely) as a backup on my boats, but it is a few years old and probably
    no longer in production.

    Any suggestions? Since it is for a small boat, ruggedized and
    water-resistance are important characteristics.

    What should I buy for a good-quality VHF portable for a gift?
     
  2. Dan Krueger

    Dan Krueger Guest

    I really like my Standard Horizon HX460S. It's small (maybe the size of a pack
    of cigarettes), submersible (I don't intend to test that feature!), has
    rechargeable batteries, a belt clip, and a three year warranty.

    From their website: "The HX460S utilizes a high impact, non-corrosive die-cast
    case and chassis. This unique case insures the HX460S will withstand the
    physical abuse a Handheld VHF receives from being dropped or banged on the deck
    of a boat. Using the HX460S in the rain or in a life boat is not a issue as it
    can take submersions of 3' for 30 minutes."

    BTW- The whole thing fits nicely in a Garmin GPS12/76 padded case. The antenna
    has to be removed but it stores next to the unit.

    It's a little pricey, but my ICOM lasted a whole year before the battery stopped
    charging...

    Dan
     
  3. Harry Krause

    Harry Krause Guest

    Thanks. I'll look it up.
     
  4. RHIB Guy

    RHIB Guy Guest

    I'd suggest the ICOM M-1V radio. Its a very popular choice for people who
    are putting their equipment through the ringer. The specs should speak for
    themself.

    Rgds,

    Shaun
     
  5. I would stay with the ICOM brand
    A close friend is buying a skiff for inshore fishing and I
    can't talk
    him into installing a "permanent" VHF radio with antenna. So
    for XMAS, I
    plan on buying him a portable VHF as a gift.

    But there are so many of them out there. I have a ICOM
    portableI use
    (rarely) as a backup on my boats, but it is a few years old
    and probably
    no longer in production.

    Any suggestions? Since it is for a small boat, ruggedized
    and
    water-resistance are important characteristics.

    What should I buy for a good-quality VHF portable for a
    gift?
     
  6. Harry Krause

    Harry Krause Guest

    Thanks. I am planning to do that, though I do like hte standard-horizon
    unit with the FRS.
     
  7. Try this, its a great deal:



    Description

    NEW Standard Horizon HX350S submersible handheld VHF

    a.. Submersible to 3 feet for 30 minutes
    b.. Huge LCD display
    c.. Backlit keys
    d.. Programmable scan, priority scan
    e.. 10 hour rechargable battery
    f.. Additional AA alkaline battery pack
    g.. 110v AC and 12v DC chargers
    h.. 3 year waterproof warranty
    i.. $25 manufacturers mail-in rebate until 12/31
    New in box. All US, Canadian and International channels,
    switchable transmit output from 1 to 5 Watts. Made in Japan.



    For sale on ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=31275&item=2447123987
     
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