Top VHF Marine Radios For 2021
Helping you to communicate and travel safely at sea
Marine VHF radio is an important system to ensure the safety of mariners across our waterways and out at sea. By using transceivers on vessels at ports, VHF radio is and used for two way voice communication allowing for quick ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications.
Previously, VHF radio was reserved for communications and safety. Over the last few years with innovations in marine VHF technology that allow users to GPS track and receive weather reports as well as automatically send distress calls when required. This gives users peace of mind when at sea, knowing they have an all-in-one device that could save their life at sea.
Below, we have the top VHF radios in 2021 that our customers are using in their vessels.
Standard Horizon HX210E VHF Radio
One of the most affordable handheld VHF radios with a list of useful features.
The HX210E floats and is submersible to IPX7 Waterproof rating. When in the water, a strobe light is automatically switched on to allow for easy retrieval even on the darkest of nights. The strobe can be configured to flash on and off, SOS, or simply stay on continuously.
Featuring an expanded receiver, this VHF radio allows users to tune in to their favourite FM radio station.
Standard Horizon also provide a 3-year waterproof warranty.
IC-M25EURO Buoyant Marine VHF Radio
The IC-M25 is an extremely lightweight and slim VHF radio, making it comfortable to handle. The LCD is 30% larger than it's predecessor allowing you to clearly see channel numbers and status icons.
New for an Icom, this radio features a tidy USB connector for convenient charging from a variety of electronic devices.
As with the HX210E VHF radio, the IC-M25EURO also features a flashing LED alongside a screen flashing to allow for easy retrieval from the water. This could also be used in an emergency situation to help you get found.
The built-in 1500mAh lithium-ion battery allows 11 hours of operation, allowing you to stay connected when you need to.
Standard Horizon HX890E Handheld VHF Radio
Packed full of safety features, the HX890E has full DSC capabilities. This enables your precise location and ID information to be transmitted on pressing the Distress Alert button on the rear of the radio.
The 66 channel GPS receiver is highly sensitive which allows the HX890 to lock on to a position quickly and accurately. With position information displayed clearly on the display, the user will be able to share position information using DSC and navigate to waypoints using the waypoint navigation feature of the radio.
The Navigation screen clearly displays the distance and direction to the destination, and the waypoint is indicated by a dot on the compass rose graphic.
Capable of storing 250 waypoints and 20 Routes (with a maximum of 30 waypoints per route).
IC-M73EURO Professional Marine VHF Radio
The IC-M73EURO offers Icom’s best waterproof protection. Tested to survive after being submersed in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes, this VHF radio is rugged enough to be used in the rain, snow or any other severe weather conditions!
6 Watts of transmit power provide extended communication range and the internal speaker delivers a loud 700mW audio output with clear sound, even in noisy environments. AquaQuake technology ejects water from the speaker grille with low-frequency sound, ensuring you have clear communication.
This VHF radio also has Voice Operated Transmit capability for hands-free operation (which will need to be enabled by a ICOM Marine dealer, like us here at Smye-Rumsby).
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IC-M330GE Compact VHF/DSC Marine Radio
One of the smallest fixed VHF/DSC radios in the world, the IC-M330GE’s front face is so compact that it matches the size of a modern smartphone. Despite it's small size, it still packs a punch as expected from ICOM.
The receiver provides reliable communication in RF busy environments like marinas and busy ports, while a newly designed speaker delivers distortion-free clear audio even at full volume.
Standard Horizon GX1850GPS/E VHF Radio
Redesigned with the operator in mind, the new Easy to Operate menu system is now more intuitive than ever.
With a 66 Channel WAAS GPS receiver built into the face of the radio, the GX1850GPS provides highly accurate position data on the display of the radio.
The Explorer Series VHF’s have an ultra-thin rear case which gives flexibility when flush mounting the radio in tight areas by taking up less dash space and allowing more mounting options.
Class D Fixed Mount VHF Radio. Meets ITU-R M493-13 Class D DSC (Digital Selective Calling)
Simrad RS40 VHF Radio with AIS
Stay safe and connected with this VHF marine radio with removable fist mic. Featuring a dual-channel AIS receiver to monitor the position of nearby AIS-equipped vessels, the RS40 VHF radio by Simrad helps you to avoid collisions in crowded harbours and waterways.
An integrated GPS receiver ensures your vessel's location can be sent with DSC distress calls, even if the rest of your on-board electronics are down.
One of our favourite features is the ability to purchase the HS40 handset which works as a handheld radio with a 100-meter range from the base station.
IC-M605EURO VHF Radio with AIS
Capable of showing real-time AIS vessel traffic information on the large colour display, the IC-M605EURO is a great communication system for large yachts or motor cruisers.
The Active Noise Cancelling technology from ICOM removes background noise from audio to provide clear communication even in noisy environments. It also includes a last call voice recording function which automatically saves up to two minutes of an incoming call, meaning you will never miss a call again.
With an optional voice scrambler unit, UT-112, the IC-M605EURO provides 32 tone secure conversation.
The IC-M605EURO can be configured into a multi-station onboard VHF Radio system providing maximum operating flexibility anywhere on your vessel.
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