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Old 12-06-2015, 12:19 PM   #21
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I just bought a SH HX300 which is available for $80 or so after current discounts and rebates.
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Can you point us in the right direction. Best I've seen is $120.
$99 minus the $20 rebate (I've gotten my check) here:

Standard Horizon HX300 Floating VHF

I've bought all my electronics from these guys. Very competitive and a pleasure to deal with..

I've seen a few places tack another $10 discount onto these as well.. No link, sorry.

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Old 12-30-2015, 09:23 AM   #22
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OK Guys - Santa made my choice! Simple and efficient with battery back up pack if internal batt runs out. And, it floats... so I can have my friends dog play fetch! lol

Parks Masterson (TF avatar: HopCar) of Hopkins Carter Marine store in FL is the guy to deal with for marine goodies.

I thank you all for your suggestions!! Happy 2016... Art
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:29 AM   #23
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Cant tell you the best but I installed a standard horizon and was surprised bu the much improved range over my previous set.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:53 AM   #24
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These hand held units last a long time , it might pay to find out what the battery replacement cost is.

A generic batt will be far easier to come by than a brand specific special.
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:06 AM   #25
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These hand held units last a long time , it might pay to find out what the battery replacement cost is.

A generic batt will be far easier to come by than a brand specific special.
I'll stop at Batteries Plus. Owner is good fellow. I get all my batts from there. In seven years since he opened the franchise I've had not one batt fail... well maybe a couple watch batts - LOL
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:43 AM   #26
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I bought two Cobra radios frm Bass Pro -- waterproof & float. $100 each. they work great.
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:54 AM   #27
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I have used them all including West Marine's brand. They have all worked pretty decent except the low power ones. The controls must be what you find the easiest. I can almost guarantee you will be multi-tasking 75% of the time it is being used. This may be in limited light conditions. Consider warranty, ease of getting replacement battery pack/charger, 12V charger, float (or not) and how it attaches to your belt if you need both hands. Waterproof is a must; other features are "just nice". Around marinas and while docking the handheld is the only thing I use from the fly bridge. If you buy the right one for you you will be living with it for quite awhile.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:33 PM   #28
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I have a hands free earphone and speaker for my SH handheld VHF. It is the type that starts transmitting when I start talking, very useful when maneuvering and my hands are busy.


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