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Mike M.

handhelf VHF radio recommendations

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I'm looking at getting a handheld VHF marine radio. I have a 16' vhull that I use on the north shore for fishing in the spring/summer/fall and waterfowl hunting in the fall/winter. I never venture more than a mile or 2 out. I'm looking at the Humminbird® VHF55 Plus Radio that is for sale through cabelas. Anyone have this radio or have any recommendations on a handheld?

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Hey Mike, I had a hand held and it was ok, but I couldn't really talk to anyone with it. It was like line of sight. And I had a really good one which ran me around 200. This year I went out and got a west marine vhf radio and a 3ft whip annt. and I can talk to people miles away with it. for the money your going to spend I would just do this. Just my 2 cents.

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Hey Mike, I had a hand held and it was ok, but I couldn't really talk to anyone with it. It was like line of sight. And I had a really good one which ran me around 200. This year I went out and got a west marine vhf radio and a 3ft whip annt. and I can talk to people miles away with it. for the money your going to spend I would just do this. Just my 2 cents.

Yeah, what he said!!! It is totally line of site. I put a 8 foot antenna on my t-top and I can speak to people on Stellwagon when I am fishing around salem. That being said, i have a Icom handheld as a back up....seams to work very well inshore, talkin to people in the same harbor, etc. Waterproof/resistant is a must! (just my two cents)

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I agree with the others. I have a hand held as backup, and it is a pain when I have to use it because the range $ucks.

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Thanks for the info guys. When you say line of sight, what exactly do you mean by that in terms of the radio transmissions going through? I'm pretty low tech and don't even have a cellphone so even considering this is pretty big doins for me. My boat is pretty barebones as well. I don't even have a fish finder so all this electonic stuff is pretty new to me. I'd be using it basically around the salisbury/NBPT/PI area. Do you think a handheld would be suitable for that area?

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Thanks for the info guys. When you say line of sight, what exactly do you mean by that in terms of the radio transmissions going through? I'm pretty low tech and don't even have a cellphone so even considering this is pretty big doins for me. My boat is pretty barebones as well. I don't even have a fish finder so all this electonic stuff is pretty new to me. I'd be using it basically around the salisbury/NBPT/PI area. Do you think a handheld would be suitable for that area?

I wouldn't go in any boat without one!!!!!! (short of a row boat)......Especially if you are not carrying a cellphone. Basically with a hand held, if you can't see the person, you won't be able to speak with them.

If you look online, you can find a VHF package (with antenna, etc) for well under $200.00

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