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VHF Marine Band Radio Recommendations
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posted 04-29-2010 07:23 AM ET (US)
I want to install a Standard-Horizon PS1000 VHF Marine Band radio in my console, but it is discontinued. I can't find one for sale. [Give] a suggestion for an alternate product. I see Garmin has [a black-box Marine Band VHF radio that costs $600,] but $600 is too pricey.
posted 04-29-2010 07:53 AM ET (US)
Does [the radio] have to be a black-box-type radio? Raymarine makes the Ray240. I believe Northstar still makes [a black box radio], also. Neither of them are cheap, however.
posted 04-29-2010 08:46 AM ET (US)
If the goal is to have an installation where the main unit of the radio is out of sight and only a remote speaker-microphone is seen at the console, you can buy a radio with a normal control panel, install that radio out of sight, and use a remote speaker-microphone. For example, you could buy a Standard-Horizon GX1500S and a speaker-microphone, install the GX1500S out of sight, and mount the speaker-microphone on the console. The total cost will be somewhat higher than the no-longer-made PS1000 radio, but less than some of the other options mentioned, which are typically the top-of-the-line products for VHF Marine Band radios.
There is a general recommendation from the U.S. Coast Guard that if buying a new VHF Marine Band radio the radio should be a CLASS-D rated digital selective calling (DSC) radio. The GX1500S is a Class-D rated DSC radio.
posted 04-29-2010 09:50 AM ET (US)
I recently purchased a Standard Horizon GX1500S VHF radio [from a specific vendor]. The price was very reasonable with excellent customer service. I have found the company to be very helpful in the past.
posted 04-29-2010 01:11 PM ET (US)
Standard-Horizon is a great brand and you can buy their radio from many sources. I do not think there is anything about buying a radio from a particular vendor that would affect the way the radio works or is supported. Standard-Horizon support is great, their radios work very well, and they are supplied with good technical documentation.
posted 04-30-2010 01:58 AM ET (US)
Let me offer some added advice.
If you do get a Class-D DSC radio as recommended by the USCG, I strongly suggest you install the radio where you can see its front panel display and controls. Using a DSC radio will generally require you to interact somewhat with the radio's front panel controls and screen presentation. The configuration and set-up of the radio by using a remote speaker-mic will not be as easy as if the front panel controls and screen were used--it may in fact be impossible to completely run the radio via the remote speaker-mic.
posted 04-30-2010 07:21 AM ET (US)
I have decided on the Standard Horizon GX2000. I am installing a Garmin 431s gps-sounder today and depending on how much room is left on top of the console I may bracket mount it on the console. I want to avoid flush mounting it.
The remote mic for this radio is capable of running all radio functions but im concerned with speaker volume.
posted 04-30-2010 09:06 AM ET (US)
The Standard-Horizon GX2000 radio is a good choice. The receiver in the GX2000 radio has intermodulation rejection specifications that are better than the GX1500S.
posted 04-30-2010 04:39 PM ET (US)
Get the optional external speaker :)
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