Hand Held VHF Advice

Hi there,

I'm not a yakker, but know that a lot of you guys use hand held VHF radios.

I want a hand held VHF for the tinny and was wondering what you would recomend as the best value for money Hand Held VHF?


Thanks in advance


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Floating icom. Great little

Fri, 2019-03-29 17:23

Floating icom. Great little unit and battery lasts well. 


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I use a cobra 500

Fri, 2019-03-29 17:59

on my Jetski and it is Bluetooth to my phone and it is more powerful.....  

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Fri, 2019-03-29 18:42

 I have a GME GX800 and cannot fault it.

But if you can fit a full radio you should.  25 watts vs 5/6 and a more efficient antenna.

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Have to agree.25w and and an

Sat, 2019-03-30 22:09

Have to agree.

25w and and an efficeient antenna of a fixed radio v 5w and a undersized hand held antenna is no contest.





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Hand Held VHF

Fri, 2019-03-29 19:27

 Have a look around ebay gumtree see if you can pick up a Motorola GP 339 or GP 338 in VHF,

  Built to a Military Standard not a cheap Chinese Budget and Totaly Legal, Happy to programme it free of charge if ya pick one up

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I have one of these

Fri, 2019-03-29 21:58

I have one of these https://www.bluesat.com/sailor-sp3520-portable-vhf-gmdss-with-charger.html & the charger you can have for $150.


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Thanks for all the replies

Sat, 2019-03-30 18:16

I think that I'm probably going to follow dmck's advice and fit a full radio.

I have the room and fishing mostly in Cervantes, there aren't always a lot of other boats around, so more range would be better.



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VHF radio..

Sat, 2019-03-30 18:20

 If you can... go DSC its another level of safety in your boat.