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jimh posted 04-23-2009 01:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
A reprint of the February 2009 article testing mid-priced VHF Marine Band radios by the popular boating periodical PRACTICAL SAILOR is now available on-line at pdf

The executive summary: Standard-Horizon products were top rated. The GX3000S was deemed "best choice" among radios tested, and its slightly smaller, less expensive, and less-featured cousin, the GX1500S was rated "recommended."

johnhenry posted 04-23-2009 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
What about mid priced hand helds. What is your recommendation?
jimh posted 04-24-2009 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't give recommendations on products.

Here I am giving notice of a published report on VHF Marine Band fixed mount radios which was conducted by a well-known boating magazine whose editorial content is almost 100-percent in comparative test report form in which certain products are recommended or identified as superior.

Jefecinco posted 04-25-2009 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
The Matrix listed in the article was on special for $155 today on the site cited for its price.

Not a bad buy.


swist posted 04-26-2009 07:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
I am not surprised. Standard Horizon has for many years always had a reasonably-priced marine VHF that seems to perform well and last forever. I have owned several.

My Whaler came with a [Raymarine] unit. More bucks, big name in radio communications, but crapped out after two years--water got into the front panel and corroded everything. Makes me nervous; they make a lot of comm gear for the military.

Hoosier posted 04-27-2009 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
[Raytheon] also make Patriot misslies for the Army and Standard missiles for the Navy....
jimh posted 04-28-2009 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Raymarine is a relatively small, eight-year-old British company that makes marine electronics; they are not a part of Raytheon. Raytheon is a 80-year-old American company with a strong presence in military and defense electronics.

At one time Raytheon made recreational and commercial marine electronics, but that business was sold off and became Raymarine. Apparently quite a few people are not aware of this and still think they are one big company.

See: company-information/history/

The Raymarine RAY55 radio was included in the test of radios mentioned above. It had good performance, but it was the most expensive radio of the group.

swist posted 04-29-2009 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
Thank you for this very insightful information - I had no idea. One could easily assume that Raymarine was still a part of Raytheon and as such had the resources of the parent company behinf them (expertise in high-quality comm gear).

I suppose that's what they want you to think.

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