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Old 05-28-2015, 03:16 PM
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Thumbs up Need recommendations on Handheld Marine Radio??

I'm headed to Lake Powell in a couple weeks and cannot wait. We have a 57' Houseboat,several families, and bringing my X30 and my brother's brand new Nautique Sport 200. Going to be a great week. Cannot wait.

I'm looking for recommendations on a handheld radios to keep on the ski boats (since Powell is so remote and there is no cell coverage). Nothing hard-wired into the boat--just battery operated or rechargeable. Not necessarily water proof.

Last year we got in a situation where a ski boat had a rock strike and was disabled, and we didn't have any way to get in touch with the house boat. Would like to be safer this year.

Looking at these models below, but up for any input you may have. Not against a standard "talkabout", 2-way radio, but these Marine radios seem to have better distance and the frequencies may be able to jump between canyons better given the challenging terrain. I'd appreciate any thoughts.

1)Midland Nautico 3 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P0PW76/...BRMBI5EI&psc=1)

2) Midland GXT1000VP4 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001WMFYH4/...LML95B26&psc=1)

3) Cobra Electronics MRHH125 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00126K8BM/...T74P6WVE&psc=1)

4) Uniden VHF ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J5MQ20/...9SJIOFXO&psc=1)
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:28 PM
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I too will be in Powel in two weeks and having been going to Powell my whole life a radio is a must have. I have been through several over the years and my brother has the cobra and cousin has a uniden. I did a bunch of research last year and went with the Icom. We then proceeded to test all of them by distance and clarity on the same boat to the house boat. Mine was by far the clear winner. It was over twice the distance of the other two and the cobra was the worst of the three.
http://www.amazon.com/Icom-Handheld-...m+marine+radio
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:34 PM
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Thanks, Skibumm. Good to know and great review!

A couple questions...Did your signal carry between canyons, or just within the same canyon/channel? How good is your battery life?

TIA!
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:46 PM
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Mine would go across to the next canyon over but the others would not. We were in Padre Bay and mine would get the houseboat to about 5 mile up the channel. The battery life was a concern for me as that has been the bane of all my previous hand helds. I has sat in my boat all winter and the battery was dead. I charged it last week in my office (home) and left it on after it was fully charged. It lasted about 3 days. I almost bought one that you could use while in a 12v outlet. Mine has a 12v charger but it is not deigned to run off if it. I am glad that I did not go with the Cobra that you can operate off of the 12v. I put some velcro on the back and some velcro on the gunnel right in front of my throttle and inside the windshield and it holds it very well and you can see it if someone calls on it. We keep the House boat and the marine radios on specific channel so that we are not picking up the calls from everyone.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:00 PM
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Perfect. Looks like I'll be headed to Bass Pro to check it out.

Thanks!!
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:29 PM
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I love my cobra. It wasn't too expensive as i remember and it it water proof and floating. Hard to beat for the piece of mind.


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Old 05-29-2015, 11:23 AM
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Coming from an ocean sailing background Standard Horizon or Icom are the only two brands I'd consider. You can get a 5W HX290 for ~$120 or HX300 for ~$140.

If you don't care about the emergency channel capability you might be better of getting GMRS radios to save some money.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:17 PM
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I recommend the Standard Horizon HX870. I use them at LP and in the ocean. They have GPS ans if you register your MMSI # it will broadcast your location in a distress situation. I do not boat or ride PWC without one. It is waterproof and floats.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:39 AM
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I highly recommend the ICOM M73. It has a 6W output for extra range. Loud speaker and solid battery life.
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