There are many radios floating across the usual websites offering to be a VHF Marine Band Handheld radio, some makes including Icom, Anysecu, Yaesu, Recent etc are all legit radios, the ones I am talking about are those that are designed for the commercial radio user, ideally for a radio to be marine band dedicated it needs the following.

  • The radio needs to be waterproof and hopefully be able to float for 30 mins before sinking
  • Backlit display
  • Instant Channel 16 / 67 Monitoring
  • 1/4 wave VHF Marine band Antenna
  • Channel Scanning mode
  • Easy to operate
  • Desktop charger with 12v charging facility
  • Good battery life, in all temperatures
  • Large easy to read LCD display

What radio would you recommend ?

A great beginners radio is the Recent – RS-25M (Found here), another good choice would be the Icom M-25 (Found here)

At the end of the day, safety and to preserve life comes before buying cheap safety equipment, radios are no exception.