Features June 2012 Issue

Mid-Priced Fixed VHF Radios

Paying $150-$300 will get plenty of bang for the buck.

The technology behind a marine VHF radio¡¯s basic capabilities has remained relatively stable for the last few years. The primary recent advancements have been in refinements and added features. Purchasing a mid-priced VHF today can get you not only a top-quality transmitter and receiver with Digital Select Calling, but also features ranging from increased radio controls to hailers, auto-fog signals, compass readings, and waypoint navigation. Practical Sailor tested nine mid-price fixed marine VHFs priced between $150 and $270, including radios from Garmin, Icom, Raymarine, Standard Horizon, and West Marine. Testers compared bench-test performance, features, price, and warranty.

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