Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Some features I looked for included:
-Second station capability (and affordable price for the second station). I mounted the fixed unit below (out of the weather, can't be stolen, etc.) and wanted the ability to use the radio from the cockpit. The second station allows that to be done. FYI, on my radio, the second station plugs in and takes just a few seconds to install / remove.
-DSC with class D. The benefits of DSC are well known and documented. I think that all new fixed mount units come with DSC. Class D adds a separate receiver for the DSC channel (70) so it can be constantly monitored.
-Clear sound. This is very important and hard to check before you buy. I have had Uniden and Cobra radios before and I was never satisfied with the clarity. The sound was muffled and voices were hard to understand. No offense if you have Uniden and Cobra, they are just not for me.
-Dual Watch - so you can monitor channel 16 and another channel. I admit I don't do this often (or ever, really).
-Weather radio with weather alert mode (hope I never need it).
-Adjustable Power - no need to blast out 25w when 1w will reach the harbor master.
-GPS Data Repeat - Some units will display GPS data (speed, course, lat / long, etc.) when connected to a GPS receiver. This makes the radio work like a repeater.
When I considered all the models, I bought a Standard Horizon GX1500X. It cost about $140 and the remote mic was another $100 or so.
I am very happy with the radio.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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