handheld vhf

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Looking for a handheld for my little boat. I don't need anything too fancy just to hear race officers, and to call for help should it be required. Advise or reccomendations please.
 

Norman_E

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Standard Horizon HX280e, costs a little under £100 but is good quality. I have the older HX270e model which is excellent and has a battery that holds its charge even when left over winter. There are cheaper handheld VHFs available, but I regard one as an essential piece of safety kit, and the SH models always seem to to come out with top recommendations in tests.
 

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I sought the forum's opinion last year on this, came down to the Standard horizon 280 or Icom M33. I went for the icom as it was a better deal, nothing to choose between sets though.
 

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IMHO, you should look for something waterproof, and with a Li-Ion battery. I went for a Cobra based on price and I'm certainly not disappointed with battery life. SH and ICOM also have good reputations.
 

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My vote is for the Icom M33, however think that the latest version is now the M35 (not sure if you can still buy the M33 new)

Waterproof, Li-Ion Battery AND it floats.
 

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I have a Silva S12, waterproof but non-floaty; while it takes knocks etc and has proven rugged, I have never come across a bit of kit with less 'intuitive', distinctly user UNfriendly controls !

My fault for not trying before buying, something I'd recommend very strongly.

As I say the Silva has proven rugged, but I would only buy it again if at an ultra - bargain price.

Do try sets first !
 

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HX280e came out as one of the best buys in a recent PBO test. I bought one as a result and am v happy with it. The only downside is that it doesn't float, but can always attach it to one of those balloon keyring lanyard things if that's important to you.
 

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IMHO, you should look for something waterproof, and with a Li-Ion battery. I went for a Cobra based on price and I'm certainly not disappointed with battery life. SH and ICOM also have good reputations.

+1 this one, I've got one and it's perfect for a small boat, normally comes out on the sailing dinghy with me and have never had a problem wiht battery life
 
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