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I'm a big fan of Icom

Over the years I have owned many VHF's but none compare to the clarity and durability of the Icom's. They are marginally more expensive but you can actually decipher what someone is saying with an Icom. The worst VHF's I owned were a Standard Horizon (failed after two seasons below deck) and a Uniden (you get what you pay for). I did have a Raymarine that was ok but expensive for the number of features it offered. I also use the Icom ram mic and really like it and for a small mic it has a really good & audible speaker...
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New VHF also

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I'm putting a new VHF system in also. As mentioned, the noise you have could be from bad connections. I would fix this before the installation of the new radio. The major loss of signal on a sailboat is the long coax run up the mast to the antenna. To drastically reduce this loss I'm installing new RG-8U (the 1/2" thick stuff) coax while I have the mast down. The vhf I chose is Icom 502 (just replaced with the 504) with a remote command mike installed by the tiller. I have a Icom handheld for back up with an adaptor to connect into an 8' spare antenna if needed for range. Nowing all the features of your DSC gives you lots of options with your friends. I understand not all vhf dsc radios can plot your friends loction on your chart plotter like Icom can. They have a nice video of the topic. http://www.icomamerica.com/marine/video/

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So your worring about waking people and not about a ship possibly running you down ?
There are two entirely separate issues here. One is the emergency situation, where obviously waking up the OOW is important. The other is the nuisance situation, where the OOW is distracted by a radio that keeps demanding attention when the transmission does not apply to him. In the days when SOLAS ships had to carry a full time radio operator, this was no problem. DSC was introduced to save the cost of the radio operator. Now the OOW has taken over that task. I read in navigation journals (e.g. RIN) that the alert tone has become a nuisance in crowded waters. If we yachties start using it for other than true emergencies, then IMO may change the rules and only direct MMSI calls and MayDay will set off the alert tone.
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I suggested it's use in an energency situation. I also said that if you had the proper mmsi numbers you could call a friend. I never suggested that it be used freely.
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This was buggin' me...
WestMarine VHF250 = Uniden MHS550
WestMarine VHF150 = Uniden MHS450
WestMarine VHF55 = ????
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VHF Radio

Thanks to the views expressed here, I settled on an ICOM 402 with a command mike that wires to the helm. Looks to be a great radio and the command mike will give me access without leaving the helm to go below. I just have one more question....while there is clear direction about having the radio itself well away from the compass ( 3.5 ft +)...is the same true for the command mike.
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Yes...magnets inside the mic will cause compass deflection
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Yes...magnets inside the mic will cause compass deflection
I am not familiar with the command mike. What is a compass safe distance for that?
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Why would a microphone have a magnet?
I don't think the mike in and of itself will have sufficient effect on the compass to be noticeable. The mike and wires should have no ferrous metal, however, if it has one of those metal discs on the back from which the mike hangs in a bracket, that might.
Regardless, simple enough to test before making a permanent install
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Command mics have speakers in them. Probably won't deflect much but check before mounting.
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