Best rated High end VHF

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  1. jsakovits

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    Wanted to get a vhf for the house to keep track of what is going on offshore. Usually try to buy the best so don’t have to buy twice and up to now have always purchased Icom but question this and wanted to get some feedback.

    So if you wanted to purchase a high end VHF with an AIS display what would it be?


    Thanks!!!!
     
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    Dont let the FCC, find out. Vhf requires a base station license, not easy to obtain.
     
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    Not sure how much you want to spend. This is pretty much industry standard on commercial ships. VHF RADIOTELEPHONE JHS-770S/780D | JRC(Japan Radio Co., Ltd.)

    If you are only listening you're good. If you transmit you will need a base station license as Connie said. Tough to get unless you are operating a marine facility of some sort.
     
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    absolutely no reason to have AIS on your radio at home. You will get better coverage and information by using the Marine Traffic app on your phone, computer or tablet.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Did not plan to transmit. I thought the AIS on the phone/app is delayed while the AIS display on the VHF would be real time ?

    Thanks again !
     
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    Try that app from Marine Traffic, I think you will like it.
     
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    Antenna is probably more important than the radio.
     
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    Thanks Earl !
     
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    I don't think you need a Class A radio if you're just going to be listening in, and as mentioned above the antenna and the cable is what is really going to dictate the performance on your reception. 16' antenna at minimum, mounted as high as is reasonable, making sure to go with a solid length of quality cable, ideally RG213. Very important to try to keep that cable as a single piece, no splices or additional connectors as it will attenuate the signal significantly. For radio, stick with an Icom or Standard, I'd stay away from any radios made by the 'Big Four' like Garmin/Raymarine/Simrad, although Furuno makes a nice VHF (FM8800)for $2000.. again, Class A is considerable overkill for what you're looking to do.
     
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    Thanks Warf rat.....you confirmed what I was reading. Sorry for putting you on the spot but if your were to pick between ICOM and Standard which one would you go with ? A private message would be just fine.

    Thanks !
     

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