VHF - A Must Have

Each and every vessel should be equipped with a VHF DSC for safety measures in the case of an emergency. The push of a single button will send out a distress call to all DSC equipped vessels and shore stations within range. Some of our favourite VHF radios include features such as voice recording and pre-recorded messages. 


Icom IC-M400BB VHF/DSC

PROs:

  • Favourite Channel Function
  • NMEA 0183 Input /Output
  • MarineCommander Compatible

CONs:

  • HM-195 COMMANDMICIV sold separately

Garmin VHF 300 AIS

PROs:

  • Supports GHS 10 plus three GHS 20 remote mics
  • Dedicated rotary key for frequent tasks and 3 soft buttons for dynamic controls
  • NMEA 0183 and NMEA 200 compliant

CONs:

  • GHS 20/GHS 20i wireless handsets sold separately

Icom IC-M73

PROs:

  • Rapid desktop and cigarette lighter charger included
  • Last call voice recording function
  • Bright, high intensity LCD

CONs:

  • Waterproof speaker-microphone optional

Icom M424 VHF Marine Transceiver

PROs:

  • Active noise cancelling reduces background noise up to 90%
  • AquaQuake drains water from the speaker grill for optimal functioning
  • Built-in Class D DSC

CONs:

  • To flush mount, the Icom MB-132 flush mounting kit must be purchased separately
  • Does not have the most efficient transmitter

Lowrance Link-5 DSC VHF Marine Radio

PROs:

  • Equipped with memory retention
  • Delivers all US, Canadian, and International marine channels
  • Easy to use interface and backlit LCD

CONs:

  • Mounts must be purchased separately

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