titanic2 wrote:Anyone not use theirs anymore and would like to sell me one? I have no problem with used if it works fine!
That hx300 is $99 and you get a $20 mail in rebate.. soooo $79 for a nice new unit aint bad!!
Don't skimp out on price as this is something that is supposed to save your life when you need it. If you pay less just to save a few bucks, you may end up learning a hard lesson down the line. There are three models I would suggest you keep your eye on: Standard Horizon, ICOM, and Uniden. Those are not listed in any kind of order. Other name brands I would stay away from. Some people like to use Cobra which can be found at Academy but I have seen many times where this has come back to bite them. I could get into the issues with Cobra but I will stick with the name brands I have listed.
The five things you want to look for in a good quality radio are:
1) needs to float
2) needs to be water proof
3) needs to have a good range (min 5 miles)
4) needs to have NOAA weather radio
5) needs to have a good battery life from charged to drain each use
I personally have a Standard Horizon HX300. Sometimes people will get the HX290 just to save a few bucks but the reason why I went with the HX300 instead of the HX290 is because the HX300 has a longer battery life than the HX290. I have been known to hit the water at sunrise in the summer (6:30 am) and not be off the water until as late as 7:00 pm. With that being said, many radios won't last that long in a day. The HX300 has survived all day for me. I've had a few friends roll on a BTB trip with me and they had to turn off their radio later in the day until the trip back to conserve on battery. At that point, they would just stay close fishing for communication purposes. Those few people have HX290 radios. Don't get me wrong, the HX290 is a good radio (especially if you are doing just a HI run). It just has a little less of a battery life span in a use than the HX300.
Now of days, the HX300 is not that expensive as they used to be awhile back. As you have found, after discount the radio becomes the cost of a Cobra. This is awesome and I wish this option would of been available to me back in the day, lol. I would of snagged it up in a heartbeat.
I've had to use my radio twice to call coast guard of which the radio worked both times. Both times I was fishing out at Surfside. The first time I was approximately 3 - 4 miles out and the second time I was around 9 miles out (I was just barely in state waters). Both times boats almost hit me and I reported it to the coast guard as the situation was happening. The first time I was in my Outback (fishing with a group but we were all spread out) and the second time I was in my TI. The time I was in my TI, Living Waters was with me. I don't want to get into this story right now because I would be getting away from the topic at hand which is VHF radios.
I've obviously used the radio for non emergency use on channel 69. This is great to have as there have been times where people can communicate to each other to help others out in regards to there location as they are on fish. Others may not be having as much luck and so everyone moves to that location to share in the wealth of fun. Of course who doesn't love jumping on the radio as the sweet sound of the reel goes off screaming and you say "FISH ON!!"
I hope the five items I've listed has helped you to pick a good quality radio. It sounds like you are looking at a HX300 and that certainly is a good choice to pick (and you found it at a great price as a bonus)! If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to post or you can give me a call, Dan. Until then, tight lines!