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I'm not an everyday, weekend fishermen on lake Ontario. Maybe once a week. But was wondering what's a good marine radio for out there. I have a handheld cobra now. Looking to install a fixed , any suggestion appreciated.  Thanks

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Cant go wrong with a standard horizon unit. Get one with built in GPS. Inside the box are directions on how to register the unit with NOAA and the coast guard with your boat information. If you ever run into a life threatening emergency you just hit the red panic button and it automatically broadcasts your boat information and location to the coast guard. 
 

the units are nice and compact. Pair it with a good whip antenna and you’ll be in great shape. A vhf is standard safety equipment for big water fishing if you ask me. Regardless if you have a cellphone on you or not. And they aren’t really that expensive. Most of us probably spend more money on tackle every year than the cost of a good VHF setup. 

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I have a Standard Horizon 1600 and a Shakespeare Galaxy 5225 XT on my hardtop and with the wattage turned up I’ve reached ranges over 20miles. That antenna is more robust for use on hardtops. You didn’t mention what type of boat you have. 
 

if you don’t have a hard top you could go with a Shakespeare Mariner 8500 and be in good shape. 

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i recommend the 5225 xt for all your radio needs. a good antenna isn't a must but you'll never regret going to the 5225 xt. i'm using a step up now. i opted for the 5399 which is a 9'6" 2 piece antenna. the higher the antenna the better it works.

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Cant go wrong with a standard horizon unit. Get one with built in GPS. Inside the box are directions on how to register the unit with NOAA and the coast guard with your boat information. If you ever run into a life threatening emergency you just hit the red panic button and it automatically broadcasts your boat information and location to the coast guard. 
 
the units are nice and compact. Pair it with a good whip antenna and you’ll be in great shape. A vhf is standard safety equipment for big water fishing if you ask me. Regardless if you have a cellphone on you or not. And they aren’t really that expensive. Most of us probably spend more money on tackle every year than the cost of a good VHF setup. 

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Thanks for all the great advice. Ordered a horizon and Shakespeare antenna. Should be here by Saturday. Thanks again!

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Did you buy a stainless or brass mount for the antenna?

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Good. You should be set. Check the cable end on the whip. Some don’t come with an end. Because you have to fish it through the mount then put it on. Make sure you have the appropriate connector to plug into your radio. 

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