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Need New VHF Radio!!!

So my boat came with a west marine little standard VHF that decided to die. I am looking into replacing it with something more robust. Maybe something with GPS or AIS I am not really very familiar with VHF radios and features, feedback and advice would be greatly appreciated. My boat is a blank canvas no GPS etc. Have been looking at Icom’s M605 and the B&G V50.

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Re: Need New VHF Radio!!!

Look at the standard horizon gx2200
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My last boat had a Standard Horizon GX2200 that I was really happy with. AIS rx with a nice useable display, GPS, good price.
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Internal AIS and GPS interesting need to read up on it and cheaper than both the radios I have been looking at. Thanks...
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Re: Need New VHF Radio!!!

We just bought a GX2200, and owned the previous model GX2150 for many years. Even though we have an AIS transponder, we like having a backup AIS receive - but more importantly, with this radio one can directly call ships by choosing their AIS target and pushing "call". No messing about hailing on channel 16, no manually entering an MMSI #.

The radio it is replacing is an ICOM 504, which is a hot mess of unintelligible user interface. Truly one of the worse DSC interfaces I've experienced, and the rest of the usability is poor indeed. In comparison, the Standard Horizon user interface is so intuitive you won't be looking at the manual until you get into the more esoteric features.

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Re: Need New VHF Radio!!!

What Mark said... GX2200 is a great radio!

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Re: Need New VHF Radio!!!

I have the 2150 and it is a pretty nice unit. It even displays AIS targets on the ram Mike. Of course the 2150 is AIS recieve only, and has no GPS built in. It is integrated with my main GPS, so the internal GPS on the 2200 would be redundant, but AIS transmit function might be worth the upgrade for me.

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Re: Need New VHF Radio!!!

How well does the "noise cancellation" work on the new radios? Our 20 year old icom seems hard to hear.

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I have the 2150 and it is a pretty nice unit. It even displays AIS targets on the ram Mike. Of course the 2150 is AIS recieve only, and has no GPS built in. It is integrated with my main GPS, so the internal GPS on the 2200 would be redundant, but AIS transmit function might be worth the upgrade for me.

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The 2200 is also receive-only - no transmit. It does have the GPS built in, and redundant GPS is always a good thing.

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Re: Need New VHF Radio!!!

Hey,

Some things to think about.
-If you want to or plan on integrating the radio with your current electronics suite you need to think about your network setup. If you have NMEA2000 you should look for a radio that supports NMEA 2000. If you have NMEA 0183 then that's the network you need for your radio.
-If you don't plan on integrating the radio then I would look for one with a built in GPS. Standard Horizon, ICOM, Raymarine, etc all offer this.
-If you want to receive AIS information on the radio, and won't integrate the radio with your plotter please note that the radio screen is very small and hard to read. You can do it, but it's much easier to read on a large screen. You do get to use alarms for CPA, etc.
-The ONLY reason I would buy the V50 is if I wanted NMEA2000 networking.

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