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remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

I'd like to install a remote mic (e.g. ICOM CommandMic) at my helm and I'm looking for recommendations how where to pull the wire - the binnacle tubes are already crowded with cables as is, so I think I'm going to have to find an alternate path. If anyone has done this, I'd really like to hear how it was done!
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I'd like to install a remote mic (e.g. ICOM CommandMic) at my helm and I'm looking for recommendations how where to pull the wire - the binnacle tubes are already crowded with cables as is, so I think I'm going to have to find an alternate path. If anyone has done this, I'd really like to hear how it was done!
I had plenty of room in mine, but I also upgraded to a NMEA 2000 system, which allows one to daisy chain the instruments in the pod. So if you still have a NMEA 0183 system, maybe this is the excuse to upgrade? Then you only need one cable to feed the instruments.

On the other hand, they have wireless remote mics, maybe that would be an alternative?
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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

The only time I am driving from the helm is in close quarters with other boats... or motoring down a fairway/channel to a fuel dock. In these cases I use a handheld VHF Horizon HX870. It has AIS, GPS etc.

The vast majority of the time underway the boat is steered by AP.

The fixed mount VHF Horizon GX2200 is at my nav desk where I have a plotter which shows AIS targets. I use this location to make longer range calls.

For my style of sailing I don't need a fixed mount unit at the helm or even a remote... though this could replace the hand held. However the hand held is portable and I can use it in the dink if I want. The hand held is providing flexibility and some redundancy.
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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

Hey kbbarton: I have a tiller but the PO wired the starboard stowage cubby for an ICOM Commandmike III. It is easy to access from the overhead in the pilot berth. The cubby also provides convenient stowage for the mike.

It recently stopped working, I miss the remote speaker part of the mike, not so much the ability to transmit from the cockpit.

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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

Ours is just inside the companionway, on the side of the bulkhead-mounted cabinet. This location makes it easily accessible from the cockpit, while keeping it protected from the weather. Our boat has a tiller, so it is a little easier for the person on the helm to reach in and grab the mic than it would be if we had a wheel.
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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

Hey,

What about a wireless mic? I have the Simrad RS35 radio and HS35 wireless mic. It works just fine.

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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

ours is in the starboard cubby. We use it 10 times more than the one at the radio. Maybe 20 times.

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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

I just use a handheld radio at the helm. Fine for 99% of communication. Being waterproof and floating with DSC and GPS included, it's also a safety item if worn on the person. And it can be used in the dinghy.
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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

I'm in the process of installing a remote helm mic and installing the base station in the forward cabin. I've spent my winter visits to try and find what the path where the windlass wires were installed. I was hoping the remote Mic and power to the radio could follow the same path. So far it's a mystery.

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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?

I have the Standard Horizon remote mic installed at the helm station with the cable pulled through one of the binnacle tubes. I did have to pull the other wires in the tube out and re-pull everything together when I did the install - maybe that would work for you, too?

Thereís also a handheld at the helm station, too, for just in case. Department of Redundancy Department requirement......

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