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Online La-Z-Buoy

Portable Marine VHF
« on: February 06, 2019, 01:18:08 PM »
Looking to get a backup marine radio. Portable. Reasonably priced.

Any recommendations? Any brands NOT recommended?

TIA (Russ - that's Thanks In Advance  :biggrin:  )
Richard

1991 19' Sea Ranger HT
DF 140 Suzuki, Honda 8

Offline AJFishin

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 01:32:47 PM »
I have a Icom IC-M34 , works good and floats.
1996 Sea Chaser 16, soon to be with a Suzuki DF60AV

R.I.P. Yamaha 70, 2 smoker

Offline davidsea

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 04:05:13 PM »
  Over the last 20 plus years,  I have had at least 6 Icom radios, VHF marine fixed and handheld, and VHF air  - I have never been disappointed with an Icom product.  :twocents:
1996 SR19 Hdtp. - 2018 Honda 115
2009 Duroboat 16 CC, Honda 50  -  SOLD
and 19 other boats (I think, lost count)

Online Fisherdv

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 04:20:39 PM »
This is on my list too. Been wanting to get one. Be sure to look at the charging options so it can be charged on the boat with a 12V socket, as well as at home.
2018 Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Online Fisherdv

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 04:25:46 PM »
Can’t go wrong with either an Icom or Standard Horizon
2018 Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Mooch

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 05:28:27 PM »
Can’t go wrong with either an Icom or Standard Horizon

+2.  When it comes to safety, buy once buy right.

SH HX870 (or 890) includes GPS and DSC.  Doesn’t take place of fixed radio but I don’t leave port without it.
2006 Sea Ranger Skip 21, Honda 150, Honda 9.9

Currently accepting hot waypoints from WA MA 2-10

Online Chief of the Boat

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 05:35:17 PM »
1994 Sea Explorer 1511 loves whitecaps 2010 Yamaha F-70 2012 Yamaha F-8 with a  Fixed SaltBoss Bracket Lowrance HDS-5 & 7 Gen 2 Standard Horizon Fixed VHF 2150 with AIS

Online dbhazjack

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2019, 06:56:26 PM »


Navy.....Kureig......Chief, what’s going on???
2013 17' Sea Chaser, 90 hp Honda, 8 hp Honda Kicker.

Online Chief of the Boat

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 06:26:53 AM »
dbhazjack,
I am getting softer in my old age.
1994 Sea Explorer 1511 loves whitecaps 2010 Yamaha F-70 2012 Yamaha F-8 with a  Fixed SaltBoss Bracket Lowrance HDS-5 & 7 Gen 2 Standard Horizon Fixed VHF 2150 with AIS

Offline Mooch

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 07:05:56 AM »
COB, you need to add Eight O'clock Dark Italian Roast to the mix. :sip:
2006 Sea Ranger Skip 21, Honda 150, Honda 9.9

Currently accepting hot waypoints from WA MA 2-10

Online Chief of the Boat

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2019, 04:22:00 PM »
Peet's Major Dickason's blend is very nice smooth dark roast.
1994 Sea Explorer 1511 loves whitecaps 2010 Yamaha F-70 2012 Yamaha F-8 with a  Fixed SaltBoss Bracket Lowrance HDS-5 & 7 Gen 2 Standard Horizon Fixed VHF 2150 with AIS

Online Fisherdv

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2019, 05:24:04 PM »
I like that one too.
2018 Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2019, 10:35:04 PM »
Me too. My wife gets a box of 70 or 75 at Costco...Good price 👍🏻
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"Ex Tridente Pax”. 🇺🇸

Online La-Z-Buoy

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2019, 11:04:22 PM »
Me too. My wife gets a box of 70 or 75 at Costco...Good price 👍🏻

But can you still hail the Coasties when you have an emergency with those??????????
Richard

1991 19' Sea Ranger HT
DF 140 Suzuki, Honda 8

Offline charlietuna

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2019, 08:43:32 AM »
Can’t go wrong with either an Icom or Standard Horizon

+2.  When it comes to safety, buy once buy right.

SH HX870 (or 890) includes GPS and DSC.  Doesn’t take place of fixed radio but I don’t leave port without it.

I have the 870, best one I know of in the price range. Floats, good battery life, easy to use, dsc, gps, etc.  Standard Horizon had a $50 rebate going for awhile, not sure if still available
17' SeaRanger
USCG Licensed Master

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2019, 10:41:12 AM »
Me too. My wife gets a box of 70 or 75 at Costco...Good price 👍🏻

But can you still hail the Coasties when you have an emergency with those??????????

Not my fault. I just piled on. (Laughing emoji would normally go here)
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"Ex Tridente Pax”. 🇺🇸

Online La-Z-Buoy

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2019, 11:00:50 AM »
Me too. My wife gets a box of 70 or 75 at Costco...Good price 👍🏻

But can you still hail the Coasties when you have an emergency with those??????????

Not my fault. I just piled on. (Laughing emoji would normally go here)

No worries Croaker, these threads sometimes have a life of their own. (Yes, what's up with those emoji's anyway?) (Pile on Danno time ;)

Been looking around online (where else). That Icom Ic M34 does not seem to be available any more. Standard Horizon doesn't seem to review well (at least the ones I've looked at). My son, the kayaker (in the ocean no less), likes the Uniden brand. All those guys have portables. He also was not complimentary of the Standard Horizon brand.

Thanks guys for the replies. Okay-----continue with the EXPENSIVE coffee discussion....................................................
Richard

1991 19' Sea Ranger HT
DF 140 Suzuki, Honda 8

Offline AJFishin

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2019, 10:55:02 AM »
This is the updated version of the Icom M34, the Icom M36 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001PUA91Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_2IBzCbGPRW2W1

As for coffee, I'm still a coffee pot guy and enjoy my Jose's Colombia coffee I buy at Costco 👍

To bad you  couldn't change you title to Coffee Talk: Portable Marine VHF. 😄
« Last Edit: February 14, 2019, 11:45:00 AM by AJFishin »
1996 Sea Chaser 16, soon to be with a Suzuki DF60AV

R.I.P. Yamaha 70, 2 smoker

Online Fisherdv

Re: Portable Marine VHF
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2019, 11:39:27 AM »
How bout a nice cup of tea 🍵??? As for the radios mentioned, pretty much any of those top brands mentioned would be better than not at all. On my list as well
2018 Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP