- Sep 16, 2003
I would not rely on a hand held. As a back up, as a dinghy radio, yes. Not as a primary. Most handheld are 5 watts vs 25 and the low tiny antenna won’t get you very far
Well my boat is stored on Delaware Bay at Cedar Creek. I always have a handheld regardless of my fixed VHF radio. I am not a fisherman but my grandson is. I have boated in lakes and rivers but this my first time in salt water.Where do you boat? Most likely you can get by with a decent hand held radio - and you can get one with gps, dsc, all the bells and whistles.
It has an 8' Shakespeare antenna that looks in decent shape. The VHF radio is near the top of my list but I need to get the shifter for the outdrive replaced then focus on the VHF radio.Please do not forget that a quality antenna is every bit as important, maybe more so, as a quality radio. AND a quality connector, PL259, is essential to both. https://www.amazon.com/Amphenol-PL2...=pl259+coax+connectors&qid=1655219261&sr=8-12
What if you buy a better Shakespeare antenna without a supplied cable. You buy a length of cable to connect it to your VHF. Maybe the directions say how many feet of cable to use?Shakespeare makes some great antennas, but also cheap ones. If it has a chrome base, it's a goon one, if plastic, cheapo.
As above, if the entire run ov the cable looks ok, just cut off a few inches & solder a new PL259 plug. Caution, do not shorten the long cable more than a few inches--it'll throw off the signal.
IIRC: they state a minimum length.Maybe the directions say how many feet of cable to use?