VHF radio recommendations

Hi guys in the market for a new VHF radio c/w aerial.

For the radio I am contemplating the uniden um455 or the icom ic m330ge.

The Icom based on previous post are the way to go. However, it will involve more work for install as the hole in the dash will need to be filled.

The uniden um455 appears to tick all the boxes including a straight forward install into existing dash slot. However, I am unsure of there quality/ performance. Any feedback on this unit will be appreciated.

The next question is the antenna to pair it with. I am thinking 2.4m 6db ?

 

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Jackfrost80's picture

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I filled in the hole in my

Thu, 2021-05-06 13:29

I filled in the hole in my dash for Icom but getting some black perspex laser cut to cover the hole and filling out the hole with some ply to stop the radio moving around.

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great Idea

Thu, 2021-05-06 14:11

i did something similar years ago when i dash mounted my electronics on my old boat.

to the original post:

im about to buy a new Icom Radio for my new boat. i prefer Icom radios, and would be making a new cutout for one.

for VHF, an i'm not a tech, i believe the antenna makes a huge difference. i used scalar antennas in the past which work very well.

they're not removable once fitted, so i'm looking into other options, as a long antenna will cause issues with my boat cover.

another good antenna brand to consider is Shakespeare.

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New boat

Thu, 2021-05-06 18:05

At 7.5m Davo is back in the larger boat league again.   

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yep

Thu, 2021-05-06 18:47

it's a plate boat this time, Alan.

Very happy with it.