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I'm in the market for a VHF radio that I can flush mount in the console of my Kenner. Most of my fishing is bay stuff but hope to sneak offshore a few more times when the weather permits (probably 30 miles max).

I'll probably install a 4 - 5 foot antenna on the side of the console or grab rail.

Any suggestions? I'd like to hear from some of you that like/dislike your radio.
Thanks
Mike
 

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I'll be short and sweet - ICOM M-302!

For a bay boat, it's everything you could ask for and more... WX channel w/alert, GPS conx (NMEA) for DSC which also is used by the distress signal, big screen and very compact for what it offers.. At around $125, it truly can't be beat...
 

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I would suggest either Icom, Icom or Icom. I have the IC-M402s and like it a lot. It's reasonably priced for a fixed and has the GPS interface for DSC. The height of your antenna will have a big effect on your range with the VHF since it's line of site. I'd strongly recommend you get an 8' antenna. Digital makes the best antennas but they can cost more than the radio. If you don't want to spend the bucks on a Digital, the West Marine brand made by Shakespeare isn't bad.
 

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Icom 402 with 8 foot Digital antenna. Only other option would be a bigger Icom.
 

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VHF speaker

I mounted a external speaker which makes it a lot easier for me to hear the conversation. (Too many muzzle blasts in the past). Speakers have magnets so be careful that you don't place it where it will corrupt your compass.
 

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Another brand to consider Standard Horizon Intrtrep. I have owned both ICOM and Standard Horizon. I liked the Intrepid model better for one reason. It held up to getting soaked with water rain or saltwater. My ICOMs all had short lifes and I paid a lot more for them. Working with ICOM on warranties was a pain. Standard Horizon I never had to send one back. Both brands transmitted and recieved well. The idea you have to have a 8 foot antenna is not true anymore. I use the 3-4 footers with booster (not sure name is correct). I use these on all my boats from 20 to 32 feet, in Bay and Offshore. No problems in sending or recieving. In the Bay the shorter antennas are not in the way as much esp. if you are throwing hardware. Which ever brand you chose make sure you have these options Submersible (meeting Coast Guard Code), DSC to interface with your GPS, NMEA data input/output (display on radio screen), Noise canceling on your mic with channel selector on mic, programmable channels for scanning, Channel 16 priority, NOAA weather alert, one button access to Channel 16 or Channel 9, and back lit display. Sorry for long reply but if you are going Offshore this piece of equipment is very valuable and listed options are what I must have on my VHF. Reading specs on VHFs specs are not that different just options.
 

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VHF radio

Mike,
I have the Icom 402-s, have had it for 3 years with no problem. I would suggest the 8 ft antenna with fold down bracket.My 2 cents
James
 
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