Product Reviews: VHF Radios

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Standard Horizon GX6500 Fixed Mount VHF Radio

PROs:

  • High-resolution, backlit LCD display
  • Soft touch programmable keys and a large rotary knob for easy channel selection
  • Optional RAM4 remote microphones available

CONs:

  • Does not contain an internal splitter, you will have to install two antennas (one for VHF, one for AIS)

Icom M93D VHF Marine Transceiver with Built-In GPS & DSC

PROs:

  • Large, full dot-matrix display is easy to read
  • The high contrast display is visible under direct sunlight
  • Class D DSC, a red rear panel button allows for distress calls direct from the handheld

CONs:

  • There are a lot of features that can be confusing to set up, it ships with a 99 page user's manual
  • It is bigger than the very popular Icom M72

B&G V90 VHF Radio

PROs:

  • NMEA 2000 connectivity
  • Supports up to 4 wired and 2 wireless handsets
  • Optional scrambler

CONs:

  • Small display on handset

Icom IC-M400BB VHF/DSC

PROs:

  • Favourite Channel Function
  • NMEA 0183 Input /Output
  • MarineCommander Compatible

CONs:

  • HM-195 COMMANDMICIV sold separately

Garmin VHF 300 AIS

PROs:

  • Supports GHS 10 plus three GHS 20 remote mics
  • Dedicated rotary key for frequent tasks and 3 soft buttons for dynamic controls
  • NMEA 0183 and NMEA 200 compliant

CONs:

  • GHS 20/GHS 20i wireless handsets sold separately

Icom IC-M73

PROs:

  • Rapid desktop and cigarette lighter charger included
  • Last call voice recording function
  • Bright, high intensity LCD

CONs:

  • Waterproof speaker-microphone optional

Icom M424 VHF Marine Transceiver

PROs:

  • Active noise cancelling reduces background noise up to 90%
  • AquaQuake drains water from the speaker grill for optimal functioning
  • Built-in Class D DSC

CONs:

  • To flush mount, the Icom MB-132 flush mounting kit must be purchased separately
  • Does not have the most efficient transmitter

Digital Yacht SPL2000 VHF-AIS Antenna Splitter

PROs:

  • 12V or 24V operation
  • Low power consumption
  • Works with all Class B transponders and receivers

CONs:

  • No Digital Yacht offices located in Canada

Lowrance Link-5 DSC VHF Marine Radio

PROs:

  • Equipped with memory retention
  • Delivers all US, Canadian, and International marine channels
  • Easy to use interface and backlit LCD

CONs:

  • Mounts must be purchased separately

Icom M504 VHF Radio

PROs:

  • Waterproof: IPX8 submersible
  • 7 level adjustable backlit display
  • GPS position viewable on LCD

CONs:

  • High phase noise from synthesizer, often a problem with Icom products
  • Expensive compared to similar models
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