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VHF, Fixed mount or handheld

Old 06-23-2011, 04:41 PM
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Default VHF, Fixed mount or handheld

I'm looking at getting a VHF radio for the new boat, which is better? Fixed mount or handheld? I want to go 50-100 miles offshore for fishing and don't want to get stranded without any communication.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:43 PM
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Fixed mount will have more range, since you can mount a proper antenna. If you plan on going 50-100 miles out you need a quality fixed mount at minimum. I do, and would suggest, that you carry a handheld with your emergency gear in the event you have to abandon ship.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:46 PM
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Fixed mount. Get a good antenna as well. Bigger is better.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:47 PM
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I've always had both. The handheld is useful as a backup, but also can be used when ashore too and someone else is still on the boat. Some areas of Catalina don't have cell service or is crappy.
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Fixed mount and invest in an EPIRB
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