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sportroyalwulf posted 01-24-2005 01:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for sportroyalwulf   Send Email to sportroyalwulf  
I need some input regarding choice of vhs fixed mount radio for my 150 sport. Looking at Raymarine 45 (on sale) and 48. Most use for the unit will be close inshore in great lakes. My total experience with VHS radios is that I mooched the use of handhelds from Buckda and Kingfish at a rendezvous. Any opinions or suggestions are welcome.
Moe posted 01-24-2005 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I used an Icom 402S, but they have since come out with the 302, which does everything the 402S does at a slightly lower price. I wouldn't buy an older design that doesn't have Digital Selective Calling (DSC) that I couldn't hook up to my GPS to transmit my coordinates in an emergency.

Here's a look at my installation:

The holes in the Icom mount almost lined up perfectly with the holes for the maximum motor weight plate, after I drilled the rivets out of it. I had to slightly ream the holes in the plastic Icom mount to line the holes up perfectly.

The Icom "white" is really a tan, and goes pretty well with the 150 Sport interior gelcoat. Standard Horizon also makes good radios, but their white is really white and contrasts with the gel coat. SH also has some more expensive models that not only transmit your GPS coordinates in a distress call, but send received distress coordinates to your GPS. The Icom 302 and 402 do not do this. The Icom 502 does, but it is larger (taller faceplate).

In this picture, you can see the antenna folded back with the rear strut. The 4' Digital brand model 528 antenna is mounted to the upper part of the bimini with a stainless ratcheting rail mount, both purchased from . The antenna can be raised vertical with the bimini folded forward like that.

The antenna is up high and in the clear with the bimini up, whether open or closed, as shown here:

and here:

My wife got it one tooth off when raising it that day, and it's a little leaned back, but is usually vertical.

It's performed well for us, and we've gotten a good radio check from Marblehead Coast Guard from well north of North Bass Island.


Buckda posted 01-24-2005 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Sportroyalwulf -

I'm using the ICOM M-302 and have been overall very happy with it.

BTW - That antenna will be available to you when you want it with a rail/rachet mount (SS).


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