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Uniden Atlantis 270 Handheld Marine Radio Review

Uniden Atlantis 270 marine radio
Uniden Atlantis 270 marine radio

Uniden Atlantis 270 replaced the popular Atlantis 250 handle marine radio. Having mostly the same specifications, this is a good radio for anyone who is looking for a budget VHF radio. The power output has been increased to 6 Watts, providing a slightly stronger signal (you can still regulate output - choose 1/2.5 or 6 watts). There is a shortcut key "BOOST" which basically enables full 6 Watt power output for a short time.

Dual and Triple operation allows you to monitor up to 2 Coast Guard/Hailing channels plus a regular marine channel (pretty standard these days). All NOAA channels are also available on this radio.

Another difference between this radio and the discontinued Atlantic 250 is the upgraded body that is now rated JIS7/IPX7 - it can be submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

The addition of squelch feature enables to filter some background noise, but be careful with it, since you may not hear weak signals (they will be filtered out).

Overall, this is a good handheld radio with a good battery life, easy to read display and all the basic filters included. It lacks GPS, and is rather large. For those people who desire some high end features like GPS, look into the Standard Horizon HX870 which is one of our favorites handheld radios.

Some of the features include:

    • 6 watt VHF Select between 1, 2.5, and 6 Watts for short and long range communication
    • 9 weather channels
    • USA/Internationa/Canada Channels
    • Submersiable to 1 meter for 30 minutes
    • Button Key Lock
    • Channel Scan/Memory Scan
    • LCD Display
    • Rechargeable Lithium Ion 1100mAh battery
    • Instant Channel 16/9
    • Tri-Watch
    • 120v/12v Charger Included
    • Reasonably Priced
    • Dimensions - 5.35 x 2.44 x 1.53 inches

    • Inexpensive​​​
    • Reliable
    • Good power output
    • IPX7 water protection
    • Squelch level
    • Easy to read display
    • No built in GPS

Uniden Atlantis 250 – Budget Handheld Marine Radio

Uniden Atlantis 250 handheld vhf radio
Uniden Atlantis 250 handheld vhf radio

Uniden is well known name among communication device manufacturers and has a full line of VHF handheld and fixed mount marine radios.

Uniden Atlantis 250 was introduced in 2011 and have proven to be a decent choice among budget marine radios. This particular radio does not have high end features found in more expensive radios, but what it does have is a strong reception and signal transmitting (thanks to the switchable 1/5watts power output), rugged waterproof construction, all NOAA weather channels with weather alert to keep you safe, as well as a 10 hour batter life from NiMH battery pack. You will stay always connected thanks to the 16/9 triple watch.

The Uniden Atlantis 250 has since been replaced with Uniden Atlantis 270 - Read review HERE.

Some of the features include:

    • 5 watt VHF Select between 1 and 5 Watts for short and long range communication
    • All NOAA weather channels
    • USA/Internationa/Canada Channels
    • JIS4 Waterproofing
    • Instant Channel 16/9/Triple Watch
    • Channel Scan/Memory Scan
    • Backlit LCD Display and Backlit Keyboard
    • NiMH and Alkaline Battery 
    • Instant Channel 16/9
    • Tri-Watch
    • Waterproof
    • 120v/12v Charger Included
    • Memory Channel Scan
    • Reasonably Priced
    • Limited 3 Year Warranty
    • Dimensions - 3 x 2 x 6 inches

    • Strong and solid communication 
    • Inexpensive
    • Backlit Display Display
    • 16/9 Tri watch
    • Reliable
    • Not submersible 

This radio has been discontinued, please go to UNIDEN Atlantis 270 page.

Icom M93D Handheld VHF Marine Radio Review

Icom handheld marine radio
Icom handheld marine radio

We have a new addition to our professional handheld VHF marine radios line up by the industry leader Icom - the newly released ICOM M93D. This is the world"s slimmest Floating DSC marine radio, achieved my adopting new flat sheet keypad.

The radio looks great and the screen is fantastic. It has a 2'3" viewing area, high contrast full dot matrix technology. Having a large display makes it easy to read GPS information, compass screens as well as displaying all the crucial information.

Of course when we talk about high end handheld marine radios, we should not forget about the basic features. This one has a dedicated Class D DSC receiver as well as GNSS receiver. GNSS receiver combines information from GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS, and provides an extremely accurate information about your location.

9 hours of battery life is among the best in its class and you also have a battery indicator to monitor battery status.

We also like the Flot'n Flash function, which allows the radio to flash built in light while floating. 

Overall, this is a great radio and comparable to Standard Horizon HX870

Some of the features include:

    • 5W/1W output power
    • Navigation function from current position to a specified waypoint
    • Weather channel
    • Submersible and floating , rated IPX7
    • Flat key design
    • Channel Scan/Memory Scan
    • Dot Matrix Display
    • 9 hours of battery life
    • Class D DSC receiver
    • Float'n Flash
    • 50 waypoint memories
    • Active noise cancelling
    • AquaQuake draining function
    • Integrated GNSS receiver
    • Dimensions - 2.24" x 5.69" x 1.52"

    • 5 out of 5 Stars
    • 2 Total Customer reviews
    • 100% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
    • Large Easy to Read Display
    • High end features like GNSS
    • Reliable
  • Expensive
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Uniden MHS235 Review

Uniden MHS235 VHF marine radio
Uniden MHS235 VHF marine radio

Uniden MHS235 is a top of the line VHF marine radio from UNIDEN. Uniden is quite famous for making two way radios, and this model is specifically designed for marine use. This well made rugged case is JIS8 rated - meaning that it is usable for continuous submersion in water under specified pressure ( 5ft for 1 hour without damaging the radio). 

As you would expect from a high end radio, there is a GPS receiver with built in DSC function as well as GPS compass. Once you press the red distress button, an emergency signal with your coordinates will be transmitted every few minutes until you receive a response. Let's say you are thrown off the board or your boat sunk, UNIDEN MHS235 will be floating and sending signal - life saving feature!! 

Transmitter power select lets you choose from 3 power modes - 1W, 2.5W or full power 6W. This UNIDEN marine radio has dual and triple power watch - simultaneously monitor weather channel and 2 Coast Guard Distress/Hailing channels. All NOAA channels  will get you weather alerts, also extremely useful when you are out on the water.

Something that we don't see so often is the temperature measuring tool that lets you measure water and air temperature. ​There is a also a built in SOS function - this Uniden vhf marine radio will be flashing built in LED light in SOS pattern. 

The display on UNIDEN MHS235  has a backlit and can be reversed, meaning you can switch between light background and dark background. You can also pull up built in compass on it.

Overall, this is a great radio that you can find on sale for under $200. Check current price and reviews HERE.

Some of the features include:

  • 6 watt VHF Select between 1, 2.5, and 6 Watts
  • All NOAA weather channels
  • USA/Internationa/Canada Channels
  • Submersiable to 5ft for 1 hour
  • DSC with GPS
  • GPS compass
  • Compass
  • Instant Channel 16/9
  • Tri-Watch
  • Floats
  • Water and air temperature measuring
  • Glow in the dark with key lock
  • Limited 3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions - 2 x 2 x 2 inches

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.1 out of 5 Stars
  • 538 Total Customer reviews
  • 60% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • High end features
  • Excellent Unit For the Price
  • Extra safety features like Glowing and SOS flash signal
  • Comes only with a 12V car/cigarette  charger
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ICOM IC-M424G 21 Compact Marine VHF Radio with Hailer Review

ICOM IC-M424G Compact Marine VHF Radio
ICOM IC-M424G Compact Marine VHF Radio

The ICOM IC-M424G is a compact fixed mount marine VHF radio for boaters who want all the high end features in a compact package. Large backlit LCD with intuitive interface makes it easy to read important messages on the screen as well as navigate through the menu. Active noise cancelling and bidirectional microphone is able to filter up to 90% of unwanted background noise. Integrated GPS receiver shows your current location and can be used making DSC calls.

Some of the features include:

  • All USA, International, and Canada Channels
  • All NOAA weather channels
  • IPX7 Submersible Protection to 1m for 30 minutes
  • NMEA Interface for GPS/NAV
  • Active noise cancelling
  • Built-in class D DSC
  • 10W loud audio with public address and foghorn
  • 1 / 25 Watt Switchable
  • Backlit Easy to Read LCD Display
  • Limited 3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions - 7.09 x 3.22 x 4.72 in.

What do actual users say about this radio? Are they actully happy with their purchase? Lets find out the pros, cons and what reviwers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.8 out of 5 Stars
  • 5 Total Customer reviews
  • 80% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Large Easy to Read Display
  • Reliable
  • Great sound quality 
  • Prime Shipping Eligible
  • No rubber gasket for panel mounting in the package
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If you have bought or used this radio please feel free to leave a comment with your expirence below to help others who may have questions.

MPD Digital VHF Antenna Cable review

MPD Digital RG8x-W-PL259-6ft VHF Antenna Cable review
MPD Digital RG8x-W-PL259-6ft VHF Antenna Cable review

But what do actual users say about this antenna mount? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this antenna mount. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

Some of the features include:

  • Fully shielded
  • UV protection, salt protection
  • RG8x 1/4′ with 30% less loss than RG-58
  • 1 year exchange for defects
  • Eligible for Amazon Prime

But what do actual users say about this antenna mount? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this antenna mount. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Stars
  • 39 Total Customer reviews
  • 85% of Customers Rated the Antenna mount 5 Stars
  • Standard 1″-14 thread
  • Teflon PL-259 connector 
  • Made in USA
  • Longer cable options (75′ & 85′) can get pricey.
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Shakespeare 5187 SS Antenna Mount review

Shakespeare 5187 SS Antenna Mount review
Shakespeare 5187 SS Antenna Mount review

Similar to Shakespeare 4187, model 5187 has the same functions and specifications but feature a more polished look. There are less sharp and unpolished angles making this mountShakespeare ratchet mount features versatile four way design that allows on deck or side mounting application. The handle on it makes it easy to raise and lower the antenna. Stainless steel construction is ideal for high stress applications.

Some of the features include:

  • Stainless steel construction 
  • 5 degree teeth for fine adjustment
  • For deck and bulkhead mounting
  • Standard 1″-14 thread
  • Special slot for antenna cable

But what do actual users say about this antenna mount? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this antenna mount. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.3 out of 5 Stars
  • 13 Total Customer reviews
  • 77% of Customers Rated the Antenna mount 5 Stars
  • Standard 1″-14 thread
  • Stainless steel construction 
  • 2 year factory warranty
  • Some users reported issues with base screw not staying locked.
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Shakespeare 4187 SS Ratchet Mount review

Shakespeare 4187 SS Ratchet Mount review
Shakespeare 4187 SS Ratchet Mount review

Shakespeare ratchet mount features versatile four way design that allows on deck or side mounting application. The handle on it makes it easy to raise and lower the antenna. Stainless steel construction is ideal for high stress applications.

Some of the features include:

  • Stainless steel construction 
  • 4-way ratchet design
  • For deck and bulkhead mounting
  • Standard 1″-14 thread

But what do actual users say about this antenna mount? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this antenna mount. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.6 out of 5 Stars
  • 67 Total Customer reviews
  • 85% of Customers Rated the Antenna mount 5 Stars
  • Standard 1″-14 thread
  • Stainless steel construction 
  • Eligible for Amazon Prime
  • Some users reported issues with incorrect thread
 
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Cobra CM 300-004 VHF Marine Antenna review

Cobra CM 300-004 VHF antenna covers all marine band frequencies and is made out of durable fiber glass. Users will appreciate the packaging that includes 17f-FT RG58 A/U coaxial cable and PL-259 connector. Dual swivel nylon base is corrosion resistant.

Some of the features include:

  • Covers all VHF marine band frequencies
  • Made out of Fiber Glass
  • 3dB gain
  • Stainless-Steel L-bracket for side or mast mounting
  • 5ft antenna

But what do actual users say about this antenna? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this antenna. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Stars
  • 5 Total Customer reviews
  • 60% of Customers Rated the Antenna 5 Stars
  • Comes with 17ft coaxial cable and connector
  • Excellent built quality
  • Reliable
  • Factory warranty limited to One Year
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Tram 1610-HC 5-Ft VHF Marine Antenna review

Tram 1610-HC 5-Ft VHF Marine Antenna review
Tram 1610-HC 5-Ft VHF Marine Antenna review

TRAM 1610-HC 5-Ft VHF Marine Antenna is a popular choice among 5ft VHF antennas. It covers all marine band frequencies and is made out of durable fiberglass. It also comes with a 17ft RG58A/U coaxial cable with PL-259 connector.

Some of the features include:

  • Covers all VHF marine band frequencies
  • Made out of Fiberglass
  • 3dB gain
  • Stainless-Steel Hardware
  • Nylon Ratchet-Mount for easy lay-down

But what do actual users say about this antenna? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this antenna. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4 out of 5 Stars
  • 130 Total Customer reviews
  • 62% of Customers Rated the Antenna 5 Stars
  • Comes with 17ft coaxial cable and connector
  • Excellent Unit For the Price
  • Reliable
  • Mount turned yellow for some users
  • Some users had to upgrade to a more sturdy metal mount
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