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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.
Standard Horizon's web site kinda sucks. Even a search wouldn't turn up the CMP25. But one of the on-line seller's pages asserts "Submersible (3 ft for 30 min.)"

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For cost, Defender has the radio at $159 and the remote mid for $91, or $250 plus shipping for both.
And even less at my favourite marine electronics place: Hodge's Marine Electronics .

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IMHO, audio quality is just about the most important 'feature' a radio can have.
It is highly critical--esp. in a high-noise or stressful environment. Audio quality can make all the difference between understanding (correctly) and not.

Thanks for re-mentioning this one, Barry. Somehow I missed it on the first go. (I recall seeing and reading your comments, but they failed to register, somehow.)

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Amaaaazing to me, what people don't read...or digest.

In an early post on this thread, I said, inter alia....
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Another thing to look for is size (of knobs, readout, etc.). And -- very important -- audio quality. Many VHFs have small speakers with limited ability to operate well in noisy environments without a separate (remote) speaker attached.

Which to choose? Just about any will do well. The Icom 504 and 506 are very popular. After comparing a few, and installing a few for clients, I chose a Standard Horizon Quantum model a couple of years ago because it had the features I wanted and had a better audio output than the comparable Icom model. Unquote

Audio quality is VERY, VERY important.

Can't say it any clearer.

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IPX7 or JIS-7 basically require 1 meter submersion for 30 minutes and still have the gear work. They're slightly different standards, but equivalent for all intents and purposes.

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Amaaaazing to me, what people don't read...or digest.
What makes you say that? All I see is two people agreeing with you.

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