- Marine radio equipment and handheld radios for boats -
No matter where you go with your boat, whether on inland waterways or the open sea, a marine radio should definitely be with you on board. Not only does a marine radio serve to communicate with other boats, harbours and coastal radio stations, a VHF radio is also an important safety device to have on board.
Radios for use on rivers and lakes are often also called UBI radios in Germany. UBI stands for 'UKW-Sprechfunkzeugnis für den Binnenschifffahrtsfunk', and is the VHF broadcasting certificate required for inland navigation. On German inland waters, VHF radios for inland waterways must be permanently installed radios, handheld radios do not meet the requirements for inland waters. Inland radios use the ATIS (Automatic Transmitter Identification System) channel group. They are therefore often referred to as ATIS radios. The transmitting power of ATIS radios is limited to 1 W in order not to interfere with surrounding radio traffic. Buying a UBI radio? Choose from any of the radios in our range! All VHF radios in our shop can be used on inland waterways.
Marine radios for use outside inland waters use the INT channel type, which stands for International. Marine radios transmit at 25 W with a significantly higher power than inland radios. It is advisable to choose a marine radio with DSC function. DSC stands for Digital Selective Calling. VHF marine radios with DSC make it easy for you to make a distress call in an emergency, and you can also radio other boats directly using their DSC number. All marine radios available from us have an integrated DSC function.
Choose a DSC radio with GPS if you want quick and easy help in an emergency. GPS is built into these types of radio, meaning that in the event of an emergency at sea, your current position is automatically transmitted via the distress call. If you choose a radio that does not have GPS, this data must be entered manually.
A radio with AIS helps to increase safety and avoid collisions at sea. These radios have an integrated splitter and can receive signals via the VHF radio antenna, saving space and the need to install a second VHF antenna. You can read about all the advantages of AIS in our AIS guide. Use our filter function to select all radios with AIS in our range and find the one for you.
Some radios also come with an AIS transponder. These radios not only have a built-in AIS receiver, they also have an AIS transmitter to send their own data.
Marine radio systems do not have to be expensive. You can pick up a marine radio that meets basic requirements for as little as 129 Euros. Spend around 350 Euros and you'll get a radio with a few more functions. Almost all radios in this low price range that are available in our shop come with DSC and GPS. Handheld radios are even cheaper, but should only be used as additional radio equipment on board. You can filter radios according to price and easily find one in a price range suitable to you using our filter function.
Standard Horizon produces marine radios and handheld radios. Their fixed installation marine radios are identified by the model description GX followed by a number. Standard Horizon handheld radios start with HX.
ICOM has been manufacturing high-quality radios for over 50 years, including for marine radio. ICOM marine radios for installation on board have the model designation IC-M followed by a 3-digit number (e.g. IC-M506GE). Their handheld radios also begin with IC-M followed by a two-digit number (e.g. IC-M93D).
Be safer on board with a Garmin radio. Garmin radios are only available for permanent installation on board. They do not offer handheld radios. The Garmin radios in our range are DSC and ATIS, compatible with NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 and have built-in GPS.
Raymarine produces various radio systems for permanent installation on board. Raymarine radios reliably deliver flawless communication on the water and one of their radios will last for years to come. All models have a transmit power of 25 watts and feature DSC. In addition, Raymarine radios have NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 data connectivity and an integrated GPS receiver.
Simrad produces marine radios for installation on board. They feature ATIS and have DSC and GPS. All Simrad radios are NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 compatible.
Browse our range of Lowrance radios for permanent installation on board. Our Lowrance marine radios feature ATIS and DSC and have integrated GPS.
Marine radios from B&G feature both ATIS and DSC and have an integrated GPS. All B&G VHF radios in our range have an NMEA0183 and an NMEA2000 interface and are radios for intstallation.
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