Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
goose89

Hand Held Marine Band Radio suggestions needed.

5 posts in this topic

I'm in the market for a marine band radio. I've never owned either a permanent mount of hand held before. I'm not to keen on mounting an antennae on my boat, and am leaning towards a hand held model.

Any words of wisdom on features I absolutely need, or that you've found very helpful, brands / models, or what not to get are appreciated in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've used a Hummingbird VHF5 for a number of years with good success. 5 watts of max transmit power and the antenna are major range factors. I also have a fixed marine band radio so this is mainly used for buddies that don't have one or for weather reports on shore. If you stand on your highest platform on your boat and extend the radio as high as you can and use an external mic you will get the max range out of it. I've never been able to transmit more than 5 miles or so, receive I've done a bit better.

A scanning feature, external mic jack, external power jack are a few features I would look for.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get the perm mount radio with a good antena mounted. WAY better reception than any hand held. Unless you want to hold a hand held with a 4' antena while talking all day.

They arent very expensive and worth their weight in gold.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we use a hand held when fishing in the Laguna Madre in south tx in the winter, and they work well. the only thing I would suggest is make sure you can get a cig lighter hookup. You won't have to worry about about batteries

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

+1 for the permanent mount radio. I picked one up this spring and love it already.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • IDK, I am kinda liking this show more and more. Its much better than the first season. Yeah, Madison has her quirks, but there are some interesting characters and this whole conflict with the indigenous people now is intriguing.
    • DOILIES. Those thing on yer man-cave table tops. So that's a pic of DOLLY, huh? Smurf 's ol' gal friend....or yers?       
    • The first piece that Golden State might be losing is Andre Iguadala. Would love to see the wolves grab him.
    •   Sure anytime. But, it kind of sounded above you were over Dollies?  Or was that Dolly's?  
    • With all the moist and cool weather, the slugs are having a feast on our garden plants.  My wife asked me to look over some plants that the insects were destroying.  Upon inspection, this is what we found - slugs.  The vegetables treated with slug bait were fine.  It was the flowers, asters, marigolds, pole beans, etc. that were untreated and weakened by some hail were experiencing a slow death.  Check this photo out of the slugs.  These were white like extra large maggots.  They are all treated and coming back strong.
    • WOWZER what a beast!!!!!!!!!!! that DNR  biologist, Mero, i had a talk with him he did the creel survey on our little lake up in itasca county, odd that he would comment about mille lacs since he was out of the grand rapids DNR  office!!!!!! good guy though!!!!!!
    • Crud. I knew that would come back on me. I'll haveta head up to leeches and borrow some of his table doilies. 
    • http://www.startribune.com/monster-muskie-found-on-mille-lacs-exceeds-state-record/431203243/
    • And that's the key...it takes a guy or two to step back from the max deal and take a pay cut to keep this type of talent together. In the NFL, the Patriots are a dynasty because Tom Brady is smart enough to take far less than he'd command on the open mark to stay put with a great coach and build weapons around him...he values rings (aka, his legacy) more than a few more dollars. If GS can do that, they will be relevant for a very long time.
    • nope it didnt!!!!!!!!!
  • Our Sponsors