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eportfolio posted 09-17-2007 07:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for eportfolio   Send Email to eportfolio  
Does anyone have any recommendations for a radio or suggestions of a dependable review / comparison site?
Chuck Tribolet posted 09-17-2007 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Is that $150 for radio only? Or radio and antenna?


jimh posted 09-17-2007 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I carefully surveyed the field this spring and bought a Standard-Horizon GX1500S. I wrote at some length about it in

For an antenna I chose a GAM ELECTRONICS 3-foot whip. I described it in some detail in

eportfolio posted 09-18-2007 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for eportfolio  Send Email to eportfolio     

Radio only...

where2 posted 09-18-2007 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If you look REAL hard you can find a Standard Horizon PS2000 bundled with a microphone for $149.
eportfolio posted 09-18-2007 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for eportfolio  Send Email to eportfolio     
Is anyone else out there using a PS2000?

How is the sound from the mic?

Seems like alot of info to cram on a mic...

Over the LINE posted 09-18-2007 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
I am using a PS1000 that I installed a few months ago. I am very happy. I also have a RAM mic in my sailboat cockpit and am happy with it.

I did a little different install than most on my 18' Outrage. I put the mic plug on top of the console (next to the running light) and attached the mic holder to the grab rail over the windshield. I like having the speaker and channel readout in my face. No fumbling for the mic around your knees.

eportfolio posted 09-21-2007 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for eportfolio  Send Email to eportfolio     
Thank you very much for your posts.

In the end, I went with the PS2000 for less than $150.

I really liked the fact that the guts could be mounted inside the Montauk console. I will be connecting it to my Garmin eTrex Legend gps also. My biggest hesitation was the performance of the mic. After reading the owner's manual online before purchasing the unit, I found out that the mic indeed has noise canceling technology and comparable audio output to the other fixed units in that price range. It is also a class-D radio which many in that price range are not.

Thanks for the tips on this radio. It doesn't come up on the radar when doing searches online for vhf radios unless you're very specific. I had never seen or heard of it until I read these posts.

Thanks again!

sternorama posted 09-24-2007 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
Where did you find the PS2000 for that price? Thanks...
eportfolio posted 09-27-2007 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for eportfolio  Send Email to eportfolio
sternorama posted 10-01-2007 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     

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