Choosing a Handheld VHF Marine Radio (2022)

Choosing a Handheld VHF Marine Radio (1)

Choosing an HT (handheld Transceiver) VHF marine radio seems simple enough, until you go to the store or ask others for their opinions. There is no perfect radio, but these points to consider may help you make a more confident decision:

Size (Yes, size matters, but bigger isn’t necessarily better.)

Most kayakers are thinking about a device they can carry in their pocket or slip into their day hatch or deck bag , and the fact of the matter is, if it’s not convenient to carry, it will be left behind, and then what good is owning one anyway?

Size also matters if you have large or small hands or wear gloves. If you have small hands, a larger radio will fatigue them after a while of holding it; you just can’t seem to get a good grip without clenching it. Large hands may have some troubles with smaller radios; those little buttons are hard to manipulate with big paws. Large hands can also fatigue while holding little radios. Another thing to consider is that the PTT (push to talk) button may be too stiff and fatigue your thumb.

Power (and world radio wave domination)

Let’s face it: these radios don’t have the nickname “peanut whistle” for nothing; (you’re competing with watercraft that often has ten times the power you do), plus, you’re sitting low in the water. 5 watts isn’t much, and in most cases your radio is nothing more than a short distance intercom.

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You can maximize your efforts, however. Does your radio have 5 watts or is it rated lower than that (that may be why you can hear the other kayaker, but he can’t hear you). Or, can you get another vessel with more power to relay your message?

Batteries (If the power is not there, it will be left behind)

Most handheld radios have rechargeable NiCad batteries, and it’s green (mother earth and your wallet will appreciate this). To conserve battery power as much as possible, turn the radio off when it’s not needed.

But on a trip away from civilization, you can’t plug your charger in to a nearby creek to get your current. An alternative power source must be available when the manufacturer supplied rechargeable batteries become depleted. You could have an extra charged battery pack on hand, or an accessory battery holder that can hold alkaline batteries. Seek a radio that has this accessory for holding the same batteries that you already carry for your other electronic devices. I try to have all my gadgets run on AA batteries, it simplifies packing, These batteries are also easy to find at the gas station or quick stop, after you realized on the way to the landing, that the last thing you were supposed to do before going to bed last night… was charge the batteries (been dere, done dat).

Check your manual to see if the full 5 watts will still be there with an alkaline battery pack, and assume that it won’t last as long as the manufacturer supplied rechargeable batteries.

Controls(If you love your TV remote, this topic is for you)

Knobs, dials and buttons are the way you manipulate you radio – they’re not voice controlled, automation like today’s modern cell phones. Radios that aren’t intuitive or easy to manipulate can spell disaster, when the s**t goes down. You don’t want to be scratching your noggin when you need to communicate.

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Many kayakers wear gloves to protect their hands from wear, and many Minnesotans wear gloves 11 months of the year anyway (12 if they paddle on lake Superior in July), so check and practice (if you can) under these conditions. You could possibly even manipulate the PTT while wearing mittens. Pogies? Send me a picture if you can perform this feat.

A few other important features to look for in controls are the ability to prevent unwanted control changes using a feature called “Locked”. Be aware also that the power button is difficult to inadvertently turn off or on. It can be a disappointment to reach for your radio and discover it had been on long enough to deplete the battery; or you can’t understand why that ore freighter hasn’t notified you that you are in his way, and you discover the radio is off.

Display (Ahh… now I see)

Older style radios had no displays, merely turn a dial to the indicated channel. Nowadays, with the advent of technology, we seem to need more information. But in a little gadget like this, how much info do you really need?

If you need to know, you’ll need a display that is crisp; a single drop of water can make things look different.

Of course conditions change (that’s why we’re out there, right?).

Can you read it in the daylight? Sunlight and even your polarized sunglasses can goof this up, and if that’s not tough enough, a bright, cloudy day may make it even more difficult. Try to evaluate the radio under these difficult conditions.

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Oops! You stayed out too late and now you’re in a pickle, luckily you picked a radio with a good back light (and unless you skipped the section on batteries, you’ve become savvier on battery conservation and turn that feature off ASAP). Many kayakers listen to the weather report after they’ve gone to bed and need the backlight feature.

OK, OLD TIMER, YOU”RE DEAF AND BLIND;GET A RADIO WITH A LARGE NUMERIC DISPLAY.

As for the amount of info on the display: lots of it is nice, but the trade off is clarity and lack of large numbers.

Audio (Sergeant Carter to Gomer Pyle: “I can’t hear you”)

What good is it if you bought an inexpensive radio with a crappy speaker and an even crappier audio section? Quality radios have quality audio. A loud, clear speaker can be heard above the raging hurricane or diesel freighter bearing down on you, and the weather alert should be able to alert you from a drunken stupor.

How do you sound to others is also to be considered. Know where the microphone is located, and where to put your mouth.

Flexibility ( I can walk and chew gum)

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It is important to realize that unless you have a special license, it is illegal to transmit using the marine frequencies while on shore. There are new HTs (handheld transceivers) that can also be used on public frequencies as walkie talkies. Neat huh? Don’t forget to conserve your batteries.

How about this for flexibility? An HT that can also be used on vast and powerful repeater systems, using amateur privilege frequencies. A simple test will get you a license as a ham radio operator. Some repeaters have an Autopatch, a means of connecting to a telephone line. I have been out of cell phone range, yet had access to a repeater, and talked to someone 100 miles away using linked repeaters.

Durability (That’s right tough guy)

We like to play hard, and need toys that will stand the punishment. Or maybe we are careless and have an unlimited budget to buy radios all the time. A rugged radio may be a better investment in money and the security that it will work when need, not die, the first time you look at it cross eyed.

Water proof is a desirable characteristic that I’m skeptical of. Sure it’s good as long as that very tiny spec of sand didn’t get on the seal when the battery was changed. But accidents do happen; not that I’m accident prone, but I have been grateful several times when my radio has gone “swimming” with me. Check the construction carefully – is the radio completely sealed? It “may” be a good idea to check the capability before the warrant period expires, but check that one carefully before you dunk it in you coffee. If your radio does get “wet”, turn it off and allow it to dry in a safer environment.

Conclusion:

Wow! Does it have to be this complex? – it’s not really; start looking and considering and talk to others who know radios (Ham radio operators are the best for this).

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Choosing a Handheld VHF Marine Radio

Points to consider:

  • Size (if it’s not convenient to carry, it will be left behind)
    • Easy to hand hold too big/small?
    • Does it need to fit in a pocket?
  • Power
    • As a handheld, does it have a full 5 watts?
  • Batteries (If the power is not there, it will be left behind)
    • Rechargeable NiCad
    • Extra battery holder for Alkaline batteries
    • Will the Alkaline batteries still provide the full 5 watts?
    • Are the Alkaline batteries the same for the rest of your devices?
  • Controls
    • Are they easy to understand without a manual?
    • Are they easy to manipulate?
    • Will it be necessary to manipulate the controls w/gloves?
    • Can the controls be locked to prevent inadvertent changes (especially important to the power switch)?
  • Display
    • Is the display crisp?
    • Easy to read in daylight?
    • Will your polarized lenses affect the way you \view the display?
    • Does the display have adequate illumination?
    • Is the display large enough to see without reading glasses?
    • Is enough/too much information displayed?
  • Audio
    • Are voices clear?
    • Is the weather alert loud enough to disturb a deep slumber?
    • Are the control changes audible?
    • How do your transmissions sound to others>
  • Flexibility
    • Can it be used on other frequencies?
  • Durability
    • Will it withstand the punishment?
    • Is it water proof?
    • What is the manufacture’s return/repair policies?

Train for the worst; Hope for the best.
Jeffrey Forseth
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FAQs

Which handheld marine VHF radio is best? ›

What is the Best Handheld VHF Marine Radio?
  • #1 Icom IC-M25 Floating Waterproof Handheld VHF Radio.
  • #2 Cobra HH150 Floating Waterproof Handheld VHF Marine Radio.
  • #3 Icom IC-M94DE Floating Waterproof VHF Marine Radio with DSC & AIS Receiver.
  • #4 Cobra HH350 Floating Waterproof Handheld VHF Marine Radio.
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Is ICOM a good VHF radio? ›

ICOM makes great products and their support is great too. It includes weather information channels too. For the casual cruiser or as a redundancy VHF or ditch bag radio this is a good choice as it doesn't take up much space but does a pretty good job when needed.

What is the best VHF radio for kayaking? ›

ICOM recommend the IC-M37E buoyant marine VHF radio for Kayakers because it is compact, rugged and buoyant.

What should I look for in a marine radio? ›

What to Look For in a VHF Radio - YouTube

How far will a handheld VHF transmit? ›

Transmission Range

The general rule of thumb, for hand-held VHF radios, is that 1 Watt is approximately 1 nautical mile of range (example: a 5 Watt VHF radio will have an approximate 5 nautical mile range when set to the 5 Watt setting). Most hand-held VHF radios are between 1 Watts and 6 Watts.

How far will a 6 watt VHF radio transmit? ›

Some handheld radios have 6 watts which can reach up to 20 miles in the right conditions.

How do I choose a VHF radio? ›

VHF Radio Buyer's Guide: Part 1 - YouTube

Why is VHF radio the best? ›

VHF marine radios are increasingly popular with boaters for good reasons. They save lives and are easy to use. They are more effective for marine communications than CB radios or cell phones. VHF radios have more consistent reception than cell phones.

Do VHF radios have GPS? ›

The Garmin VHF 115 is an affordable and reliable 25W fixed mount VHF radio with built-in GPS.

Do kayakers need a VHF radio? ›

Maritime law requires all vessels receiving an emergency transmission to respond within their ability. For the sea kayaker, this is the most important reason to carry a hand held submersible VHF radio.

How do you test a VHF marine radio? ›

Use an "open channel" to performance the check (channels 68, 69, 71, 72 and 78A). Turn radio to one-watt power setting, and key the microphone. Call "radio check" three times, followed by your boat name and location. Wait for a reply confirming someone has heard your transmission.

How do you use standard Horizon hx210? ›

How to scan channels on the Standard Horizon HX210 - YouTube

How many watts should a marine radio be? ›

The Federal Communications Commission limits VHF radios aboard recreational boats to 25 watts maximum power and most units have a one-watt standby setting.

What kind of VHF radio do I need for my boat? ›

If you need to contact a recreational boat, use channel 9. You should monitor this channel on your radio because this is how someone on shore or another boat will first try to contact you. If you're trying to contact a commercial ship, use Channel 16.

Which VHF channel should you avoid using as a working channel? ›

Things to remember when you are on the radio. Don't tie up channel 16 or channel 9. If you are talking with someone, switch to a working channel so you are not keeping others from using channel 16 or 9. In some instances, the Coast Guard may even order you to switch channels if you are abusing these channels.

How do I choose a VHF radio for my boat? ›

Look for a waterproof radio or GPS rated to the IPX7 standard. Leave any touted as “water-resistant” on the shelf. The man-overboard implications of nonfloating marine electronics should be obvious. Waterproof is nice — so long as you only drop your handheld VHF or GPS in warm, clear, shallow water.

How do I choose a VHF radio? ›

VHF Radio Buyer's Guide: Part 1 - YouTube

Do I need a VHF radio Licence? ›

Do I Need A Marine VHF Licence? Anyone who uses a Marine VHF Radio needs a licence. If you are a sailor, powerboater, kayaker, angler or even a paddleboarder, you will most certainly need a marine radio.

Can a marine VHF radio be used on land? ›

Marine VHF radios, whether fixed or handheld, may not be used on land, period. It's the law. Once a VHF radio goes ashore, it cannot be used for marine band transmission (without a Coast Station License).

Choosing an HT (handheld Transceiver) VHF marine radio seems simple enough, until you go to the store or ask others for their opinions. There is no perfect radio, but these points to consider may h…

Batteries (If the power is not there, it will be left behind). You could have an extra charged battery pack on hand, or an accessory battery holder that can hold alkaline batteries.. Check your manual to see if the full 5 watts will still be there with an alkaline battery pack, and assume that it won’t last as long as the manufacturer supplied rechargeable batteries.. Be aware also that the power button is difficult to inadvertently turn off or on.. If you need to know, you’ll need a display that is crisp; a single drop of water can make things look different.. Size (if it’s not convenient to carry, it will be left behind) Easy to hand hold too big/small?. Power As a handheld, does it have a full 5 watts?. Batteries (If the power is not there, it will be left behind) Rechargeable NiCad Extra battery holder for Alkaline batteries Will the Alkaline batteries still provide the full 5 watts?. Controls Are they easy to understand without a manual?. Is the display large enough to see without reading glasses?. Is enough/too much information displayed?. Flexibility Can it be used on other frequencies?

A handheld VHF radio is a lifeline to the outside world — and today's units are better than ever before.

Here's another bit of good news: Prices haven't gone up as handheld technology has improved.. In fact, you can purchase reliable handheld VHFs for under $100.. It doesn't have a bunch of fancy features, nor can it put out more than five watts, but thanks to an IPX7 rating, ultimate portability, and a power pack, this unit should be a must-see for many of us.. With a street price below $85, if you can afford a boat, you have no excuse for not having a handheld VHF radio on board.. And although the 1,000-milliampere-hour battery is the weakest of these five presented units, the MR HH350 FLT puts out six watts, it floats, and it has a noise-cancelling microphone.. This unit has big-ticket features like DSC/GPS functionality, an IPX8 rating, a water-activated strobe (which will kick on even if the radio is turned off), and it floats.. A real standout feature is the 1,800-milliampere-hour battery, the most powerful of all the VHFs on this list.. Though it's pricy, this unit, which floats, has a long list of heavy-hitting features: an IPX8 rating, DSC functionality, a GPS compass, and a strobe, and it can transmit at one, two and a half, or six watts.. Look for models with a JIS/IP waterproofing rating of 7 or higher.. But a rating of 7 means that the unit can withstand immersion under one meter of water for 30 minutes.. Better yet, some new models aren't likely to ever become submerged — because they float.. Five watts was traditionally the power limit for handhelds due to battery constraints.. There are also a number of less significant but still important features that different handheld units offer.. Tip Learn how to use your VHF radio by taking, " All About Marine Radio .". Which handheld VHF unit is right for you?

A handheld marine radio is an essential piece of equipment for boaters heading out to sea. They can be used to contact the Coast Guard in case of an emergency, for communication with other vessels, and for regular information updates and weather reports. A handheld VHF radio is what you…

The DSC has integrated Channel 70 calling, with Channel 16 distress calling, and NOAA Weather Channel and alert functions.. Handheld marine radios that are capable of monitoring two channels are known as “Dual Watch,” and those capable of monitoring three are known as “Tri Watch.” Dual Watch allows you to monitor a priority channel, and a secondary channel without having to switch between the two.. There is such a thing as Quad Watch, which allows the monitoring of four channels simultaneously, but very few handheld vhf marine radio units boast this feature.. Beyond that, while it may be convenient to call ahead to a marina or make dinner reservations by phone, VHF remains the primary means of making a distress call, either to the Coast Guard or any towing services in the area, both of which monitor channel 16.. Although recreational vessels less than 20m (65.6 feet) in length are not required to have VHF radios, before you purchase anything else, make sure you have a VHF marine radio.. Even though you may not be required to carry a VHF marine radio, if you do (and you should) you must maintain a watch on channel 16 (156.800 MHz) whenever the radio is operating and not being used to communicate.. Channel 16 (156.800 MHz) – Distress, safety and calling Channel 13 (156.650 MHz) – Intership navigation (bridge-to-bridge) Channel 70 (156.525 MHz) – Digital Selective Calling. A ship or shore unit wishing to call a boater would do so on channel 9, and anyone (boaters included) wishing to call a commercial ship or shore activity would continue to do so on channel 16.. FCC regulations require boaters with a VHF boat radio to maintain a watch on either VHF channel 9 or channel 16, whenever the radio is turned on and not communicating with another station.. Warning: The Coast Guard announces urgent marine information broadcasts and storm warnings on channel 9 in the First Coast Guard District only (waters off the coast of northern New Jersey, New York, and New England).. If you have a VHF marine radio, tune it to channel 16.. The Coast Guard announces storm warnings and other urgent marine information broadcasts on VHF channel 16 and 2182 kHz before making the broadcasts on VHF channel 22A and 2670 kHz respectively.. The Coast Guard announces urgent marine information broadcasts and storm warnings on channel 9 in the First Coast Guard District only (waters off the coast of northern New Jersey, New York, and New England).. A growing number of boaters unsuccessful in getting a radio check on VHF channel 16 are calling MAYDAY to get a response.

Radio is an important safety tool for all mariners who venture out on the water, whether offshore or in inland waterways.

Here we go through some important considerations and features when choosing a VHF marine portable or fixed marine VHF radio ?. What do I need a Marine VHF radio for?. There are handheld and fixed panel mount VHF marine radios.. Handheld VHF’s are small, portable and suitable for small vessels without their own battery source; or as an emergency backup for fixed radios or as personal radios for crew and use in tenders.. What Marine VHF Radio would be best for me?. Different radios for different vessels Moving onto cruiser’s and RIBS’s venturing further out to sea, a small budget fixed radio providing the extra range may be worth considering.. What features do I need with a Marine VHF radio?What to consider when choosing a VHF Marine radio 1.. Do I need a licence to operate a Marine VHF radio?. The Marine Radio Short Range Certificate remains a legal requirement for the use of marine VHF.

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Marine radios are waterproof as well so you can send a signal to rescuers even in case you find yourself in water.. PRODUCTDETAILSCobra Marine Radio MRHH150FLT Floating Handheld VHF Radio. The Uniden UM385 is one of the marine radios that will help you out of risky situations on the water by signalizing when there is an upcoming storm and transmitting your location in case you need some help.. NOAA weather channels make a standard feature of marine radios, but still a necessary one if you want to avoid storms while on the water.. A fail-proof, easy to communicate with device is a must whenever you are sailing, while the Uniden marine radio ensures your signal reaches multiple channels, including international ones.. To conclude – a VHF marine radio is a type of device that can help you avoid or get out of the sea storm or another tricky situation on the water that threatens your safety.. When the path is unobstructed, a marine radio can communicate with another radio or multiple radios at a time.. Check if your marine radio is working properly by performing a radio check but use another channel for this, not channel 16.. Keep in mind handheld marine radios transmit signals up to 9 miles, while a fixed mounted device has a wider range.. Now that you’ve read out our marine VHF radio reviews , we suggest taking a look at our other marine equipment guides and get more useful info on how to stay safe and well-equipped when sailing.

The Icom M120 and Ray Jefferson 5000M go back-to-back

Both the receiver and transmitter functions of the radios were subjected to testing under carefully monitored conditions, and the results were then compared to the standards set by the Federal Communications Commission, Electronics Industry Association and other accepted norms as well as to the specifications found in the advertising brochures for each radio.. Transmitter tests were performed to determine frequency stability, RF output power in both high and low modes at normal and low battery voltage, current drain at high and low transmitting power, and standby current drain.. Sensitivity is a measure of weak signal reception and, although often used as a method of comparing VHF radios, is not a complete or adequate measure by itself, since sensitivity is affected in the real world by outside factors.. This was the only test where the Ray Jeff was superior to the Icom, but it should be pointed out that modern radios, including the two tested, have exceeded the useful sensitivity range because the antenna will collect more outside noise than that level.. The EIA requires a minimum of 70 db and the Ray Jeff was below this standard with a selectivity of 68 db (although this should be adequate to do the job), while the Icom was well above the minimum at 79 db.. Audio Output Power is a test of the continuous electrical output power rating of the receiver, as measured across a resistance equivalent to the loudspeaker impedance.. The generally accepted minimum is 2.5 watts and, here again, the Ray Jeff unit was slightly low at 2.4 watts while the Icom had a strong 5.4 watts.. Both were exactly on frequency at minus 20 degrees C (minus 4 F) but, at the high temperature end of 50 degrees C (122 F), the Ray Jeff unit fell so far off frequency (153.850) that transmissions would not have been receivable.. We also asked that the radios be tested at a far lower battery level to duplicate conditions when you need the VHF radio most ... in an emergency.

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If your radio goes overboard, a floating handheld gives you a chance to avoid a frustrating trip to the store for a new radio.. Although floating radios are a relatively recent idea, most of the handheld radios we sell now float.. Note that there seems to be a trade-off between lightweight, floating radios, and radios with big batteries and the longer battery life.. Several Standard and West Marine radios include a similar feature, with a flashing red LED on the radio’s base.. Handheld VHF radios with rechargeable batteries (usually Lithium-ion) generally operate from seven to 20 hours before the battery must be recharged.. Battery life depends on the radio's physical size, which determines how big a battery it will hold, whether it transmits on the high- or low-power setting; and if the battery pack also powers a GPS receiver.. You can send and receive each other’s positions as well if your radio and the other vessel’s radio are interfaced to GPS.. For normal handheld use (at five-watt transmit power), figure on a three-to-eight mile range from a small boat, compared to 15 to 20 miles with a fixed-mount radio (at 25 watt transmit power.)

Radio is an important safety tool for all mariners who venture out on the water, whether offshore or on inland waterways. VHF marine radios are used for a varie...

Here we go through some important considerations and features when choosing a VHF marine portable or fixed marine VHF radio?. What do I need a Marine VHF radio for?. There are handheld and fixed panel mount VHF marine radios.. They offer greater range than a handheld because of their extra power, generally 25W and external antenna.. A larger vessel may opt for dual station control with a remote handset.. All recent fixed-mount marine VHF radios have DSC calling capability, allowing you to alert other boats, ships and shore stations with the single press of a button.. Fixed radios do require installation, including connection to a power source, VHF antenna and GPS.. It is important to bear in mind that in an emergency you want an easy to use radio that is easy to operate and control.. This can be set up by your supplying dealer.. Remember, more power out means more power in, giving shorter battery life for handhelds or non-recharging batteries.. Handheld Battery Life?. Do I need a licence to operate a Marine VHF radio?. All radios require the user and the vessel to hold a relevant licence.. VHF operation itself is fairly straightforward; however, the course also teaches you about digital selective calling (DSC) functions and emergency procedures.. Some manufacturers offer 3 year warranty.

How we Picked the Top vhf marine handheld radio

#PreviewProductScore1 Uniden Atlantis 155 Handheld Two-Way…Buy on Amazon 2 Cobra MR HH350 FLT Handheld…Buy on Amazon 3 Standard Horizon HX210 HX210 6W…Buy on Amazon 4 Standard Horizon HX210 6W Floating…Buy on Amazon 5 Standard Horizon HX300 Standard HX300…Buy on Amazon 6 Standard Horizon HX210 Handheld VHF…Buy on Amazon 7 Standard Horizon HX890 Handheld VHF…Buy on Amazon 8 Uniden MHS75 Waterproof Handheld 2-Way…Buy on Amazon 9 STANDARD HORIZON HX890BK VHF-HH, 6…Buy on Amazon 10 Uniden UM385BK 25 Watt Fixed…Buy on Amazon. Receives all Marine Radio Channels, including all USA, Canada, and International Marine VHF channels (includes the new 4-digit channels and Canadian “B” channels) and receives all NOAA Weather Channels and Alerts NiMH Rechargeable 4xAAA, 950mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries and DC charging cable included.. Maximum Coverage – This VHF marine radio allows operation of channels in the US, Canada, and internationally at 1, 3, or 6 watts with for short and long range communication, and access to NOAA weather channels.. Sea Ready – Floating design and orange core makes retrieving your radio easy if dropped overboard, and meeting JIS7 (IPX7) standards allows your radio to be submersed for 30 minutes at one meter deep.. HX890 comes packaged with all the accesories including the rechargeable Li-Ion battery, Alkaline battery tray, 110V wall charger, 220V adapter, charging cradle, 12V charger, PC programming cable and belt lip with lanyard 6W transmit power output (Selectable 6/ 2/ 1 W) | 700mW Loud Audio and Noise Canceling Function for both TX/RX audio | Submersible IPX8 Construction and it floats DSC (Digital Selective Calling) ITU-R M.493 Class-H Operation | W2.60’’ x H5.43’’ x D1.50’’ – Round Case Design provides excellent ergonomics Built-in Integrated 66 channel WAAS GPS Receiver | 11-hour Operating Time with 1800mAh high capacity Li-ion battery | Easy to Operate Menu System with a large (1.7’’ x 1.7’’) Full-dot matrix display | Selectable Display Mode – Day & Night Mode | Waypoint and Route navigation | Group Monitor Function utilising DSC Group Position Call MOB (Man over Board) feature | Water Activated Emergency “WHITE” Strobe Light | Two Scrambler Systems built-in – 4-code CVS2500A & 32-code FVP-42 | Versatile Scanning operation (Dual Watch and Triple Watch) | NOAA Weather Channels with Weather Alert | FM Broadcast Radio Receiver | Micro USB Data jack for PC programming | 3 Year Waterproof Warranty. 6W transmit power output (Selectable 6/ 2/ 1 W) 700mW Loud Audio and Noise Canceling Function for both TX/RX audio Rugged case construction conforms to Military Standard (MIL-STD-810F) Submersible IPX8 Construction and it floats DSC (Digital Selective Calling) ITU-R M.493 Class-H Operation DSC (Digital Selective Calling) ITU-R M.493 Class-H Operation W2.60″ x H5.43″ x D1.50″ – Round Case Design provides excellent ergonomics Built-in Integrated 66 channel WAAS GPS Receiver 11-hour Operating Time with 1800mAh high capacity Li-ion battery. A brand with high-quality products and outstanding customer service is the ideal choice for vhf marine handheld radio.. When deciding whether to use a product, consider its comfort vhf marine handheld radio.. There are many vhf marine handheld radio items accessible today for men and women seeking quality and reliability.. vhf marine handheld radio come in a variety of designs and pricing ranges.. You’re looking for a new vhf marine handheld radio.. If you’re still unsure which type of vhf marine handheld radio is best for you, I recommend comparing the characteristics and functionalities of the vhf marine handheld radio listed above.

How we Picked the Top handheld marine vhf radios

Safety First – Scan channels to find conversations in progress and have instant access to Channel 16 for emergency situations.. It also features a floating design, and is submersible for up to 30 minutes at five feet.. HX890 comes packaged with all the accesories including the rechargeable Li-Ion battery, Alkaline battery tray, 110V wall charger, 220V adapter, charging cradle, 12V charger, PC programming cable and belt lip with lanyard 6W transmit power output (Selectable 6/ 2/ 1 W) | 700mW Loud Audio and Noise Canceling Function for both TX/RX audio | Submersible IPX8 Construction and it floats DSC (Digital Selective Calling) ITU-R M.493 Class-H Operation | W2.60’’ x H5.43’’ x D1.50’’ – Round Case Design provides excellent ergonomics Built-in Integrated 66 channel WAAS GPS Receiver | 11-hour Operating Time with 1800mAh high capacity Li-ion battery | Easy to Operate Menu System with a large (1.7’’ x 1.7’’) Full-dot matrix display | Selectable Display Mode – Day & Night Mode | Waypoint and Route navigation | Group Monitor Function utilising DSC Group Position Call MOB (Man over Board) feature | Water Activated Emergency “WHITE” Strobe Light | Two Scrambler Systems built-in – 4-code CVS2500A & 32-code FVP-42 | Versatile Scanning operation (Dual Watch and Triple Watch) | NOAA Weather Channels with Weather Alert | FM Broadcast Radio Receiver | Micro USB Data jack for PC programming | 3 Year Waterproof Warranty. Submersible IPX8 / 1.5M (4.92Ft) for 30 minutes Selectable 5 or 1 Watt transmit power output Noise Canceling Microphone 40 Programmable Land Mobile Channels 134 MHz to 174 MHz with CTCSS and DCS signaling Supplied with 2300mAh Li-Ion battery, 110 VAC and 12 VDC 3-hour quick chargers. Item DimensionsHeight6Width3Length9Weight2 How we Picked the Top handheld marine vhf radios. It’s easy to see why: who knows a product better than those who have used it?. The manner a handheld marine vhf radios is designed and built, as well as the material used, determine its durability.. handheld marine vhf radios come in a variety of designs and pricing ranges.. You’re looking for a new handheld marine vhf radios.. If you’re still unsure which type of handheld marine vhf radios is best for you, I recommend comparing the characteristics and functionalities of the handheld marine vhf radios listed above.

A handheld VHF marine radio is your lifeline at sea; be on ship, water craft or boat sailing, fishing or just doing your job. Whether you need to connect to

To help you make the perfect choice we have put forward a list of 7 best handheld VHF marine radio to buy in 2019.. 4 ) Standard Horizon HX300 VHF Radio Designed purposely for coastal cruising; its small, light weight, programmable, compact and waterproof handheld marine radio.. The output sound is just functional and not too loud, lacks in many advanced features including g.p.s, average build quality and does not have range as long as other product i mentioned above.. So unless you have advanced used like than on commercial vessels and large ships; its fairly enough and good choice for your own boat.. You can do it with the most basic marine radio; but since we all like to have at least some advance features in our VHF handheld radio.. Is DSC ( Digital Selective Calling ) so important for handheld marine radio?. Handheld radios are portable, can be carried on and off the boat, easy to operate, light weight, can be used for as far as 12 miles from the shore and have a tones of features just like the fixed marine radio’s.. Ans: Luckily you do not need to have any license to buy and operate any marine radio; unless you have boat used for commercial activity or a large ship which mostly operates in international waters.

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Some marine radios come with an AM/FM radio.. While there are several VHF radio options out there, you’ll want a marine-specific one for use on your boat.. If you have a power source on your boat, then consider a fixed radio that will mount onto the boat.. Its cordless phones, radar detectors, radio scanners, CB radios , and surveillance products are distributed worldwide.. Its specialties are two-way radios and amateur ham radios.. This could include a drop-in charging base to keep your radio charged, or it could be alkaline battery packs that help your radio last longer.. Have your marine radio match your boat’s interior perfectly with either all black or a light grey and white color scheme for the radio housing.. This high-powered marine radio has 15-watt power GMRS channels and eight repeater channels.. You’ll like how this radio comes in a complete kit with a magnetic mount antenna, microphone, microphone holder, power adapter, and quick-start guide.. One downside of this radio is that it doesn’t have a digital display on the radio unit.. The radio comes with a mounting bracket, magnetic mount antenna, and handheld communicator.. You’ll like this radio’s functionality with its tag screen and favorite channel functions.. One drawback of this radio is that the support and diagram that comes with the radio is lacking.. While your radio is waterproof and durable, these are harsh elements that will prematurely age your radio.. This is like a boat registration number, and it’s necessary to set up your radio’s DSC emergency features.

From £50 to £400, the modern handheld VHF is an impressively versatile tool for any boater or sailor. Alex Smith picks 10 of the best.

There is a very large and active market for handheld VHF radios.. If you can afford it, a DSC-equipped radio is a valuable asset, both for fast, effective emergency alerts and for contacting specific users.. The Icom IC-M25 Euro (5), the Cobra HH500 (6), Entel HT644 (7).. As the replacement for the much-loved HH475, the new HH500 is Cobra’s flagship handheld and it shows.. Price: from £180 Contact: Entel.

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If your boat is large enough, you probably have a fixed-mount VHF.. This unit has big-ticket features like DSC/GPS functionality, an IPX8 rating, a water-activated strobe (which will kick on even if the radio is turned off), and it floats.. A real standout feature is the 1,800-milliampere-hour battery, the most powerful of all the VHFs on this list.. Though it’s pricy, this unit, which floats, has a long list of heavy-hitting features: an IPX8 rating, DSC functionality, a GPS compass, and a strobe, and it can transmit at one, two and a half, or six watts.. Look for models with a JIS/IP waterproofing rating of 7 or higher.. But a rating of 7 means that the unit can withstand immersion under one meter of water for 30 minutes.. There are also a number of less significant but still important features that different handheld units offer.. Which handheld VHF unit is right for you?

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Price: $$$ Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 3″ Weight: 2.7 pounds Channels: 3 channel maps / 10 NOAA weather channels Transmit Power: 1 or 25 Watt Battery Functions: up to 10 hours life. Price: $$ Dimensions: 4.8″ Height , 2.4″Width , 1.4″Depth Weight: 9.6 ounces Channels: 3 channel maps / 10 NOAA weather channels Transmit Power: 1,3 or 6 Watt Battery Functions: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. For sending and receiving transmissions, marine radios use radio wavelengths.. Fixed Mount VHF Marine Radios – Such console radios are what you see in larger motorboats or small yachts.. Many channel frequencies, including weather channels, come with a handheld VHF radio.. Find the drill-bit size that matches the mounting hardware included in the radio, then drill the mounting holes in the helm, following the radio’s instructions.. Ensure that the radio works properly by performing a radio check.. Then repeat three times, your vessel’s name, and “Radio Check, Radio Check, Radio Check.” Test your radio and communications devices to ensure that they are working correctly and that they are not affected by any potential LED lighting interference.

Marine radios work on a line-of-sight basis. If you are looking to make a radio contact with another vessel, here's the usual range of a marine radio.

All marine radios are built to run on a pair of frequencies between this mobile band.. Many factors come into play while using your handheld marine radio that could easily influence the transition range of your handheld device.. The one thing that we can be sure of, though, is that a handheld marine radio offers a relatively short range.. The exact shortness of the range depends on many factors.. Another three factors also have an impact on the range offered by a handheld VHF marine radio.. The reason for this is that the higher your antenna is placed, the further you will be able to communicate.. When you are in open waters, and you have an urgent need to communicate, every little bit helps, and being able to communicate further is of great importance.. Another thing that needs to be kept in mind when selecting the correct antenna for your handheld device is that your antenna will need to be placed perfectly vertical.. Unfortunately, a handheld VHF marine radio won’t transmit or receive a message if there are typographical features in its way.. Handheld marine radios offer a transmission power of 25 watts at most.. Why should you switch to a lower transmission power when communicating at a short range?. However, for long-range communications, the principle is that the more power you can transmit combined with the height of your antenna, the further your transmission will reach.. A lower antenna combined with low transmission power will result in a very short range.. On average, experienced boaters who use handheld VHF marine radios have a transmission range of about 10 nautical miles (18km).. But how far will a handheld marine radio transmit?

Our recommendations for the best two-way VHF marine radios on the market in 2022, plus a guide to the most useful features to look for in a marine radio.

In this guide, we've carefully selected radios that include useful features for maritime communication between vessels and ship-to-shore, as well as private internal communication between teams of staff on board.. We supply VHF marine radio equipment to yacht fitters, ferries and boatyards, as well as owners of private and commercial vessels.. We recommend the Motorola SL4010e VHF radio for the interior team / steward staff.. The Motorola DP4400e digital handheld two-way radio two way radio is part of the new Mototrbo E handheld two-way radio range and replaces the older generation Motorola DP4400 digital handheld two-way radio.. Take a look at the compact and lightweight Motorola DP3441e handheld two-way radio , with an impressive IP68 rating, integrated Bluetooth and integrated GNSS for accurate satellite positioning.. The VHF model of the DP3441e is ideal for pocket-sized, basic radio communication on board.. The unique feature of this handheld VHF marine radio is its clever Float ‘n’ Flash feature – if dropped in water the Icom IC-M25 will become buoyant and emit a flashing red LED to help you find it again.. Known as DSC radios, they function just like other VHF marine radios with a couple of other features, enabling you to send an emergency distress signal to the coastguard, as well as other vessels equipped with DSC radios.. The IC-M93D DSC also has the Float 'n' Flash feature mentioned earlier and integrated GPS.. In addition, all marine radios require both the user and the vessel to hold a relevant licence.. If you’re serious about investing in your safety at sea, browse our full range of VHF marine radio equipment and take advantage of our other services to purchase compatible radio accessories , help with programming and licencing your two way radios.

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The Cobra offers the most battery capacity of all radios tested in this group and was one of three to go the distance in our battery life test.. The Icom, while it lasted 12 hours in the battery life test, had less battery capacity, nearly double the charge time, weaker output, and a lower-rated display than the Standard Horizon units.. Testers rated the HX760Ss audio and transceiver performance highly, and battery life was a respectable 11 hours.. Transceiver performance was very good, and audio quality was rated Good.. Two Standard Horizon handheld VHFs were updated with lithium-ion batteries since we tested them.. In our battery life tests, the HX500S-LI lasted two hours longer than the HX500S we tested.. Pushbuttons also control transmitter power, channel changing, weather channel selection, scanning, and band choice.. Top-mounted knobs control volume and squelch, and eight pushbuttons control transmitter power, channel changing, weather channel selection, quick 16 or 9, and all scanning options.

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#PreviewProductRating1 STANDARD HORIZON HX890BK VHF-HH, 6 Watt, w/GPS&FM Rcvr Buy on Amazon 2 Standard Horizon HX890 Handheld VHF Navy Blue - Floating 6 Watt Class H DSC Two Way Radio Buy on Amazon 3 Standard Horizon HX890 Black Handheld VHF - Floating 6 Watt Class H DSC Two Way Radio Buy on Amazon 4 Uniden Atlantis 155 Handheld Two-Way VHF Marine Radio, Floating IPX7 Submersible Waterproof,... No ratings yet Buy on Amazon 5 Retevis RM40 Marine Radio with GPS and DSC,Ship to Shore Radio for Boats,Mob,Floating,NOAA... Buy on Amazon 6 Uniden Atlantis 275 Handheld Two-Way VHF Marine Radio, Floating IPX8 Submersible Waterproof,... Buy on Amazon 7 Standard Horizon HX890 Black Handheld VHF, 6 Watt, w/GPS&FM RCVR No ratings yet Buy on Amazon 8 Standard Horizon HX210 Handheld VHF Radio,black Buy on Amazon 9 Uniden MHS75 Waterproof Handheld 2-Way VHF Marine radio, Submersible, Selectable 1/2.5/5 Watt... Buy on Amazon 10 Standard Horizon HX210 HX210 6W Compact Floating Marine Handheld VHF Buy on Amazon. Check Price Now HX890 comes packaged with all the accesories including the rechargeable Li-Ion battery, Alkaline battery tray, 110V wall charger, 220V adapter, charging cradle, 12V charger, PC programming cable and belt lip with lanyard 6W transmit power output (Selectable 6/ 2/ 1 W) | 700mW Loud Audio and Noise Canceling Function for both TX/RX audio | Submersible IPX8 Construction and it floats DSC (Digital Selective Calling) ITU-R M.493 Class-H Operation | W2.60’’ x H5.43’’ x D1.50’’ – Round Case Design provides excellent ergonomics Built-in Integrated 66 channel WAAS GPS Receiver | 11-hour Operating Time with 1800mAh high capacity Li-ion battery | Easy to Operate Menu System with a large (1.7’’ x 1.7’’) Full-dot matrix display | Selectable Display Mode – Day & Night Mode | Waypoint and Route navigation | Group Monitor Function utilising DSC Group Position Call MOB (Man over Board) feature | Water Activated Emergency “WHITE” Strobe Light | Two Scrambler Systems built-in – 4-code CVS2500A & 32-code FVP-42 | Versatile Scanning operation (Dual Watch and Triple Watch) | NOAA Weather Channels with Weather Alert | FM Broadcast Radio Receiver | Micro USB Data jack for PC programming | 3 Year Waterproof Warranty. Check Price Now Check Price Now Aqua Quake water draining function Dual/tri-watch function for monitoring channel 16 and/or call channel 4 LEVEL battery indicator The ic-m73 uses a BTL (bridge-tied load) amplifier that doubles the audio output The radio has been tested to survive after being submersed in 1.. The handheld vhf marine radio with gps we have suggested have mostly been made in a way to last longer with providing stable performance in uses, but the best thing is to click the item and check out the stability and durability according to your personal need.. So, you should compare the price of the products from our review segment to select the best features, quality, and performance of the product in a certain price range.. There can always be a question if:. Is it the right time to buy the handheld vhf marine radio with gps, or you should wait for few times to see if the right products have been launched to serve your need?

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With this radio, you can enjoy clear and stable communication with any VHF radio range.. Maximum coverage to multiple channels Enables stable and clear communication Allows to monitor 3 channels at the same time with the Tri-Watch mode Instant access to emergency radio channels IPX7 / JIS7 waterproof rating Offers clear conversation with Burp feature and noise canceling A ready to use package of full accessories. And from the above detailed marine VHF radio review, I think this radio would be an ideal companion on your trip off the shore.. You might wonder what makes a perfect radio, or where you can find the best fixed mount VHF marine radio.. VHF radios or high frequency radios are a type of two-way radio transceiver that is intended for extended range communication.. VHF radio marine radio is normally used on boats, ships, and etc.. Apart from it, there are other types of VHF marine radios including commercial radios, long-range radios, Bluetooth VHF marine radios, and so on.. A normal handheld VHF marine radio can cover three to eight miles, while the range of a mounted radio is more extensive (up to 25 miles).

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I have taken quite a few tumbles in my kayak, but this waterproof radio for kayaking still functioned well.. Thus, you can take this with you on those long trips down the water.. An affordable choice in VHF radios Great for both long and short-range communication Increased safety through NOAA channels Intuitive floating design. What I like about its battery is it packs in an 1800 mAh Lithium-Ion battery.. This handheld VHF radio comes with quite a few features that I love.. Compact and ergonomic design Water activated strobe light Easy to use menu and keys Three-year waterproof warranty. What is the best VHF radio for kayaking?. Why do you need a handheld VHF radio for kayak?. How do you use a VHF handheld radio?. Keep the channel set to 16, so that you can hear any emergency transmissions or calls from the US Coast Guard.. Using the VHF radio in case of an emergency:. Your VHF radios are waterproof and submersible.

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See more articles A comprehensive guide to marine VHF radio for leisure boaters; what is a VHF and what to look for when buying one.. More to the point, once a rescue is underway, a marine VHF radio enables lifeboats and helicopters to zero in on your signal much more quickly than a mobile phone can.. When you register your DSC radio with OFCOM you receive an MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) number, which means that when your radio sends and receives information digitally on Channel 70, it is embedded with your identity and (if linked to your GPS unit) your location.. It is a much more effective means of getting emergency assistance than a simple voice request on CH 16 - and for that reason alone, it’s a device worth pushing your budget for.The fact that every DSC radio is essentially equipped with its own ‘telephone number’ means it’s also a great way to make specific calls to a known vessel.. You simply enter the vessel’s MMSI into your radio, specify your favoured channel for correspondence and your radio then broadcasts the number on Channel 70.. The radio of the intended recipient recognises its MMSI, alerts the Skipper and when that person accepts your call, both radios select the specified channel and you are free to conduct your conversation.. When you make your application to OFCOM, you are required to share basic information about your vessel and your safety equipment – which means that when you get your licence with your unique call sign (made up of a mixture of numbers and letters), the Coastguard can quickly match your boat to your details in the event of an emergency distress call.. It can be done online and it only needs doing once, but such is the importance of ensuring the efficiency of marine VHF and its operation that failure to do so can incur a large fine or even a prison sentence.For the same reasons, the user of a marine VHF radio (as well as the radio itself) requires at the very least a qualification known as the Marine Radio Short Range Certificate.. But there are plenty of big name players in the fixed VHF market, with the likes of Raymarine, Garmin and Lowrance all offering worthy products - and with some of the physical constraints of the handheld unit removed, prices for a fixed unit are broadly similar, tending to range from £120 for an entry-level leisure unit to around £650 for a top-of-the-line device.. In addition to Icom’s classically intuitive rotary selector and keypad, Active Noise Cancelling reduces background noise by up to 90 per cent and (with the optional HM-195G) you can also operate all radio functions, including DSC, remotely.With its GPS, DSC and AIS capability, the Standard Horizon GX220 pretty much does it all.. This flagship model from Standard Horizon is a fully featured DSC unit with integrated receivers for both GPS and AIS – and with a built in duplexer, it enables VHF and AIS to use just one VHF antenna.

No matter what type of sailor you are, no matter what boat you sail, one essential piece of kit is a good marine radio. We take a look at seven of the best.

With so many options and features now on the market, from large units awash with features to more compact options with more limited features, we’re going to take a look at some of the best recent launches and compare what each offers.. This marine radio sits in the ‘all-singing all-dancing’ bracket and boasts plenty of features including an integrated AIS receiver, NMEA2000 connectivity, ‘Last Call’ voice recording function, ‘Active Noise Cancelling’ technology and Icom’s well-liked proprietary menu-driven user interface and large dot matrix display making it easy to use.. All of these are equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the GPS reception when the radio is mounted below deck or in an enclosed pilothouse.. Best midrange marine radio Ray53 is a full-function VHF marine radio with Class D DSC and a built-in GPS receiver.. As with the other smaller radios in its class it does not feature a built in GPS antennae but it does have a connection point for an optional separately mounted one.. Best value marine radio The Lawrence Link-6 radio has an integrated GPS receiver with four ways to ensure you have a GPS fix in the event of an emergency – built-in antenna, SMA connector for GPS-500 antenna, NMEA 0183 for chartplotter GPS and NMEA 2000 for network antenna connection.

Having the best marine VHF radio in water can make huge difference in communication. Handheld and fixed mount marine VHF radios reviewed in details for you.

A marine VHF radio works with Very High Frequencies.. Best Marine VHF Radio ReviewThis guide focuses on both of the main types of marine VHF radios you can use.. Icom M330G 31 Compact Basic VHF with GPS Works off of the boat’s power Check On Amazon Our quick answer is BaoFeng BF-F8HP VHF marine radio.. This is a tri-band radio that works with not only VHF and UHF signals but also with Ham radio signals for getting in touch with amateur radio users.. The Ham radio support makes it so you can reach people even when signals from other traditional radio towers are not working.. Works with many frequency steps Can handle a variety of power setups The simple display tells you what frequency you are working with at a time Weighs about eight ounces. Battery recharges fast Backlit display makes reading what is on the radio very easy to do Channel scanning feature can save individual channels so you don’t have to scan many times over Works with all American, Canadian, and international marine channels. The receiver unit that you talk into comes with buttons that work for reaching emergency channels plus buttons to let you go from one channel or preset to the next.. The marine VHF radio you can use should be fully waterproof in that it can continue working even if you drop it in the water off of your boat.. You typically have one of two options to work with when finding the correct marine VHF radio.. Having a backup battery on a fixed mount radio is best so you at least have a bit of power to work in the event that the power on your boat runs out.. Digital Selective Calling, or DSC, is a feature that works on many of the marine VHF radio models around.. The battery power that is listed on your radio relates to a certain number of hours that the radio can work for.. But it is typically best to use the radio at conditions from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit so it is easier for the radio to stay working and for signals to move along in the air well enough.

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All five of the fixed mount VHF radios listed below are waterproof, affordable and come equipped with DSC (Digital Selective Calling) features.. In a nutshell Almost all modern fixed mount VHF radios now support digital calling.. If you get this VHF radio, you’ll need to buy a separate AIS device and you won’t be able to connect to marine devices that use the new plug-and-play standard.. The fact that it supports the new marine device interoperability standard means that it’s more future proof that VHF radios that only support NMEA 0183.. Since it supports NMEA 2000, it’s more future proof than VHF radios that don’t use the new maritime device interoperability standard.. NMEA 2000-compatible devices are more future proof in this respect than VHF radios that support the old standard, NEMA 0183.. Virtually all new fixed mount VHF radios support DSC.. Most VHF radios have channel monitoring features that let you keep track of what’s happening on emergency and weather channels at all times.. Though basic fixed mount VHF radios support digital calling, some don’t have the advanced DSC calling features.. Fixed mount VHF radios in the $200 price range usually still lack AIS, but they have better waterproof ratings and expanded DSC features.

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