Six Remote Mics for VHF Radios Are Put to the Test
Icomís CommandMic III gets top marks, but itís not compatible with older Icom VHF radios.
As single-handers and anyone sailing fogbound coastal waters traversed by high-speed ferries can attest, a reliable radio at the helm often becomes an essential safety item. A good remote mic fits this need, and as bonus, a cockpit mic usually allows two-way communication between the helm and the cabin. The latest remote mics allow complete radio control from the cockpit, however, in some cases, you must match these mics with the newest model VHF radios. The six units testers picked apart were Icomís CommandMic II and CommandMic III, Raymarineís RayMic, Standard Horizonís RAM and VH-310, and the wireless Uniden WHAMx4.