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Re: Replacing old VHF

About the RAM mike, is it just a mike or does it have a speaker? Thinking of installing one in the cockpit, as the handheld's reception is not very good.

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About the RAM mike, is it just a mike or does it have a speaker? Thinking of installing one in the cockpit, as the handheld's reception is not very good.
The RAM has full radio controls: everything from the speaker to the channels / vol / squelch and a screen for the AIS, the whole enchilada. It ain't cheap - maybe $120 (?)
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Re: Replacing old VHF

Thanks for the replys everyone. while planning for our trip down the east coast in 2008 i checked our signal strenght with a S.W meter and we were only transmitting 1/3 of what we should have been. the problem was the coax cable was not the larger coax that S.H specified in the installation manual for the S.H Intrepid. i replaced the coax and anteana at that time and everything is good at that end.

I found the GX2150 on sale at Welcome to Milltech Marine - your AIS experts for $359.00. called the West Marine in our home port of Sandusky,Ohio and they matched the price, also ordered the unit for me to pick up Friday...no shipping. can't wait to get it installed and play around with it. better buy lots of wine this weekend to keep the Admiral entertained!!

Thanks again for your reply's, always a big help

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Re: Replacing old VHF

Defender has the Ram 3 remote mic for $89.99 plus shipping. it was $99.95 at W.M so i included it with the GX2150 since there were no shipping charges.

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Re: Replacing old VHF

To MarkSF's question, I have had two radios with remote microphones over the past 12 years. They both offered superior audio quality compared to my Standard Horizon HX270S handheld, and being coupled to an installed radio with a masthead antenna, the overall performance was naturally superior to a quality handheld.

That said, my current ICOM HM-157 hand mike (coupled to an installed M422 VHF) is superior to a handheld--WHEN THE BULKHEAD CONNECTOR AT THE HELM STATION IS FUNCTIONAL. Unfortunately, the plastic bulkhead connector for this model is a flimsy piece of crap, IMHO. If you go for a remote mike/hand mike, check the quality of the connection and look for something that can take a bump without disconnecting (or worse). My previous radio was a Standard Horizon with a remote mic and I didn't have a problem for the 10 years it was in use in the same location.

Meanwhile, I am looking for a military-grade waterproof connector (8 conductor) to replace the ICOM HM-157 connector I now have. Suggestions welcome.
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Re: Replacing old VHF

Fallard, if the only problem with your current radio is a cheesy bulkhea connector, check out some of the electronics parts houses (Mouser, Newark Electronics, DigiKey) for a heftier bulkhead connector. As long as it has enough pins, the rest is just a matter of cutting and soldering Or crimping. So it won't be standard, no big deal unless you have to replace it again. (And you can order a spare connector against that chance.)
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Re: Replacing old VHF

hellosailor, I've started to check out the connector houses you've mentioned, but deciphering the catalogs is not easy if you aren't familiar with the jargon. What I have in mind would have a gasketed cap for the bulkhead connector (when the mic is disconnected) and a cable-mount mating connector that can be waterproofed at the cable entry. Ideally, I would solder the wires directly to pins, as the splicing option is much less desirable in my application.

Thanks for your suggestion, but it looks like I'll have to do more digging to zero in on a connector series and then try to get a photo/drawing with dimensions.
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Somewhere, you should find a "Buccaneer" series that do that. I'm sure I'm mis-spelling that and don't reember where I got them from in past, I think the maker is Belgin or Belkin. And sometimes, it is easier to just call their customer service line and let them do the hard work.
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The Buccaneer line by Bulgin looks interesting. The Bulgin UK site has downloadable pdf files that I'll be checking out. Thanks.
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Re: Replacing old VHF

I bought thr SH loud hailer to go with it. Get the smaller of the two for a masthead.
Use shielded wire to connect the hailer to the radio, or you'll pick up local radio stations with it.
I'm happy with it overall. Talks to my garmin handheld GPS with no problem. I bought it online from Hodges Marine Supply for a good price a year or so ago.
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