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Handheld VHF Radio - Best Option

Have been wanting to invest in a handheld VHF radio for the boat. Got a Cobra MR HH350 for Christmas. It's a 6 watt, floating, handheld VHF radio. Nothing super fancy but it got good reviews and was about $100. It does not have GPS or DSC functions.


I have a 16 foot flats boat and will be fishing inshore 99% of the time. Maybe at some point I would fish off the beach or take the boat to the keys but I will not be heading offshore very far if I ever do. So my questions are:

Is it stupid not to have a VHF with the GPS and DSC capabilities? Its about another hundred for these features.

Does anyone know if this particular radio is a good radio?

Are there any particular brands and or models you would recommend?

Since this is for emergency situations I want to do it right but also not spend an arm an a leg.

Thanks in advance!


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