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What you really need is a SWR meter. They're not all that expensive, and well worth owning.

Ohhhhhhhh! Shiny....... I want it!

What does it do?

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Measures power output of your radio as well as antenna impedance (or, essentially, amount of power you actually transmit)
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Basically it can tell you if what power level your radio is transmitting at, and how much signal loss your antenna and cable are giving you. About $75-125 depending on where you buy it...
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I don't have a remote mic because frankly that would require about 11 feet of coil. I have a base unit that I monitor while motoring in the pilothouse (but rarely use to transmit), and a handheld I monitor while sailing and use to contact dock guys, sometimes the CG if I find picnic tables floating in the water, and other boats with whom I'm trying to rendezvous.

But mostly I just listen to other people or to the Wx. You can a great deal about human behaviour monitoring Ch. 16, I find.
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I want the remote more for the ability to be able to clearly hear the radio from the cockpit than anything else. I considered a hand-held, but that doesn't give you the range of the fixed radio, with its antenna advantage; you have to deal with re-charging, and there's always the distinct possibility of the radio going ker-plunk. Yeah, I know: They allegedly float. Fat lot of good that'll do you in heavy air and seas. Hell, just retrieving a cap or a PFD is tricky enough, but a small, hand-held radio? No thanks.

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I want the remote more for the ability to be able to clearly hear the radio from the cockpit than anything else. I considered a hand-held, but that doesn't give you the range of the fixed radio, with its antenna advantage; you have to deal with re-charging, and there's always the distinct possibility of the radio going ker-plunk. Yeah, I know: They allegedly float. Fat lot of good that'll do you in heavy air and seas. Hell, just retrieving a cap or a PFD is tricky enough, but a small, hand-held radio? No thanks.

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I'm afraid of that... in fact I believe it to be the likely cause. I still want a new radio because the old one isn't shiny.
Man, I wish I could afford to replace old stuff and get new stuff just for the shininess factor .

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I figured that since I want a new radio, it makes sense to buy it first, plug it in and if it doesn't work, then it's the antenna for sure.
Modern radios should be relatively immune to antenna system opens and shorts, but still: This is not the way I recommend troubleshooting your system.

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Is there any other way I should be testing my antennas?
You can put a meter across the coax connector for a gross pass/fail check. It should measure a relatively low DC resistance--on the order of a few ohms or so. If it measures 0: There's a dead short. If it measures infinite: It's open. (Obviously it should measure infinite if the coax is disconnected at the far end.)

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As for features and such, I've never used the direct DSC calling features.
I guess you can do lots of things with DSC., but we want it primarily for the interface with the GPS so we can utilize the MOB/distress feature.

Tho it would be kinda cool to be in a cruising flotilla and be able to see the positions of the other boats in your fleet .

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Barry, BeneteauMark,

Are those SH and ICOM remotes water-proof? Or at least highly water resistant?

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The SH radio I have (listed in my post above) is this:
Waterproof: Front panel meets JIS-7 / IPX7,
submersible 3' for 30 minutes
I guess that makes it waterproof. Since it's inside the boat, it doesn't matter that much.

I can't find the specs for the remote mic, but it's probably the same or better.

For cost, Defender has the radio at $159 and the remote mid for $91, or $250 plus shipping for both.

I didn't go with Icom because the radios I looked at didn't display GPS data. Not a big deal, but the SH did, and for less money. I didn't get Uniden because, in my experience with Uniden products, the audio quality is poor.

IMHO, audio quality is just about the most important 'feature' a radio can have. They all have just about the same specs and features. But if you can't understand what someone is saying because the audio is garbled or low, or otherwise not clear, the radio isn't very helpful.

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