VHF Handheld radio
James the Standard Horizon radio that I bought does float, but also from lessons learned my GoPro Hero 5 Black from earlier this month did NOT float in Lake Michigan. I am now the owner of a GoPro Hero 7 Black and it will have a leash permanently attached to it.
I feel your pain.
I wanted to do a quick follow up on my research. I bought this radio:
This was one of the articles that I found helpful:
This article too:
Thanks everyone for the help with what to consider.
I bought the HH600 last year and the battery life seems to be good. I bluetooth music thru it all day and have yet to run out of battery in an outing. I can pick up most of the charter chatter. I can't vouch whether the emergency buttons work as I've yet to call the Coast Guard for assistance. ;)
Thanks Mark for the words of Wisdom. This site has been very helpful with spending my money wisely.
Hopefully can get through the "buying stuff" phase and get into the "actual fishing" stage soon.
I'm familiar with Icom in that my HF rig is an Icom (ham radio). They make nice stuff.
Agreed battery life is always important. What do you think of these GPS enabled radios that transmit your coordinates if you need help using DSC? Sounds nice if you are forced to fish by yourself on certain days.