Re: Choosing/spec'ing VHF radio?
If it helps, here is a list of what I have for comms, and the order in which I purchased them;
- First purchase - iCom M34 (now obsolete by the M36) handheld VHF - I covered the bottom with red SOLAS reflective tape, so that I would have a chance at finding it if it went into the drink.
- Second purchase - Garmin GPSmap478 Chartplotter (no longer available, and the Garmin GPSmap 640 is NOT an equivalent IMHO)
- Third purchase - (after several years of sailing with the above on OPB) a Sailboat
- Fourth purchase - an iCom M-422 (now obsolete by the M-412) fixed VHF with DSC
I integrated the M-422 with the GPSmap 478 (NMEA 0183) to provide DSC function.
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105 Certified Instructor - Also certified in Recreational Marine Electrical Systems