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.https://www.cobra.com/products/handheld/mr-hh350-flt
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!
If you already have a decent handheld your best bet is to add a fixed mount, waterproof, VHF (even if you're operating a microskiff) with an antenna that has a decent rating (for small skiffs I like the Metz whip -it's only three feet long....and you can store the s.s. whip until it's needed to transmit on skiffs that are fly fishing...). Hope this helps.