With the development of technology, communication has become more and more convenient, but new technology hasn’t replaced the marine radio. If your boat is boat is broken down, sinking, capsized or there is a medical emergency, you will need a radio to call for help. If you are going more than five miles offshore, we highly recommend having either VHF, a 27 MHz, or HF radio. While you are at sea, you must have your radio turned on and tuned to the distress frequency. For VHF, the frequency is channel 16. For 27 MHz, the frequency is 27.88MHz. A marine Very High Frequency (VHF) radio allows you to converse with other boaters and contact those in the area during emergency situations.
HandHeld Vs Built-in Radio
The first decision to make when buying a radio is whether you are going for a handheld or installed version. A handheld radio is ideal for use on small boats that lack the dash space to install a radio and boats without an electrical system. The handheld is also ideal for communication from a tender to the mother ship. A Built-in marine radio is ideal if you have the space for it and want a secure, fixed location to operate from. Marine radios also tend to offer more features and connections to antennas for greater range.
Despite its small size, this hand-held has most of the features offered by larger, fixed-mount radios. The large clean LCD has backlighting and backlit buttons for use at night. The buttons are also large enough to accommodate the biggest of fingers and the unit is made of solid die-cast construction suitable for the harsh salty, wet environment. The unit uses a 1500mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack with an automatic power-saving mode for an extended operating life plus a quality ‘drop-in’ quick charger.
This compact unit only requires a small amount of dash space for installation. Its audio is received via an integrated speaker microphone. The LCD screen offers adjustable color and brightness so the large easy to read numbers can be seen at any angle in day or night. The unit comes with 600mm of inter-connecting lead to connect the main unit to the flush mount microphone socket in a convenient location. The radio offers Dual Watch, Triple Watch, and two programmable priority channels for easy access to regularly used channels. The radio is suitable for use throughout the world as it offers international, US, and Canadian channel sets.
The above two marine radios are waterproof, please rest assured to use. If you have any queries about the type of radio that is right for you, send us an email.