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Re: A PLB for the Chesapeake Bay?
"several times, and each time the main VHF worked within seconds while the handheld never got an acknowledgment."
Just to be clear, it is not that the handheld NEVER got an acknowledgement, but you are saying many/most times it did not get an acknowledgement?
Indicating perhaps a DSC problem in the VHF, not necessarily an issue of range of suitability for performance.
I'd suggest contacting the maker, in or out of warranty, to let them know you've just gotten around to testing this and it appears to be defective. The better brands will make an accommodation, as a customer courtesy, and often repair it or replace it.