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Depends on what you want it for. I use a Standard Horizon VX471, which is a great little multi-band which does AM/FM/WX/VHF/Aircraft/FRS/GPRS bands, and can transmit on VHF/FRS/GPRS bands as well. However, it would suck as a ditch bag radio, since the emergency AA-battery pack only allows it to transmit at 1 W, not the 5 W it is capable of. It is DSC-capable in that it can be tied into a GPS NMEA circuit and broadcast the MMSI and DSC emergency call info by hitting a protected distress call button.
I also have a larger handheld VHF, that has an emergency battery pack that can broadcast at 5W stored in a ditch bag. No really nice features, but runs on AAs a long time, especially since I have the Lithium AAs stored in it. Don't remember who makes it...
One advantage of the SH multiband units is that you can give your crew GPRS or FRS radios and talk to them when they're nearby on shore legally, where doing so via VHF would be illegal.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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