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VHF Radio for Montauk
|Author||Topic: VHF Radio for Montauk|
posted 11-10-2005 10:05 PM ET (US)
It is time to replace my current handheld VHF, I am trying to decide if I want to stick with a handheld model, which has its advantages and also disadvantages (battery life and range) or go to a fixed mount full size VHF. If I was to go with a full-size VHF I think I would flush mount it in the center consul rather than on top of the center console.
Any suggestions on handheld vs. full-size? I am in NJ and often go off the coast around Sandy Hook.
And any suggestions on where to mount an antenna on a Montauk, I want to say I have seen a short whip antenna (3') that was installed on the side of a center console on a new Montauk.
posted 11-10-2005 10:20 PM ET (US)
Antenna placement is going to depend on how you use your boat, and partly on what equipment you have.
A quality radio that is mid-priced would be the ICOM M302. There are others, but this is the one that I have experience with. It has DSC -which stands for DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING - a nice feature if you hook it up to your GPS that will help the Coasties find you in an emergency.
I definitely recommend a fixed-mount radio for range (you're transmitting at 25 Watts versus about 1 watt for the handheld).
If you have a bimini, you will need to mount your antenna on one of your rails. If you don't do a lot of fishing, you can put it on hte rail near the stern. Get an 8' fiberglass antenna with 6db gain. I recommend the Shakespeare Centennial 5100 series.
Keep the handheld as a back-up in case something happens with the main in an emergency.
posted 11-11-2005 12:24 AM ET (US)
John, definatly due some searching on this site, there is a brand of VHF radio that has the radio installed inside the console and only the mike and a small cord outlet is outside in weather. I believe the name was something like phantom and there was a large discussion recently about it...........Jack
posted 11-11-2005 12:36 AM ET (US)
All but the very least expensive VHF radios will have DSC.
The radios that mount inside the console with all the
I'd go with a 6 db (8') antenna. If you fish, mount it on
You handheld is probably 5W, not 1W. But given that the 6db
The tall antenna amplifies things by being directional. It
|Tom W Clark||
posted 11-11-2005 09:38 AM ET (US)
For a Montauk I cannot imagine a more suitable or more economical VHF radio that the Standard Horizon PS1000:
Take Chuck's advice on the antenna.
posted 11-11-2005 09:56 AM ET (US)
I'm looking at a PS 1000 right now for my Montauk and last night noticed that you can get a PS 2000 for about $30 more. Doesn't appear to be any advantage in this for a Montauk, but would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks...
posted 11-11-2005 10:09 AM ET (US)
I purchased and installed a PS1000 (on Tom's advice) a month ago. It is so nice to have the unit tucked up, under the console. The Mic is routed through the old Kill Switch hole, but even a cranky, picky purist like me would drill a hole in the console for this little baby.
When connected to the GPS, the display on the mike will show lat/lon, speed over ground/through water, and other stuff.
A great deal at $139.00.
posted 11-12-2005 11:35 AM ET (US)
TomB: That $170 price for the PS2000 does not include mike.
posted 11-12-2005 11:40 AM ET (US)
Thanks Chuck. Guess I need to read more carefully. Looks like the PS1000 is probably best bet for the Montauk, anyway.
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