It appears my 3rd piece of technology to die has hit. (The rule of threes already took out two computers this spring.) It is my handheld vhf, of course now past any warranty.
I am thinking this is the time to go ahead and get a unit with dsc button. The last purchase was a holding action until there were more brands with it.
I just spent time online and am seeing Standard Horizon with a good price but a lot of complaints about it being cranky and awkward to use. I am seeing units from West Marine and Icom with higher prices and better ratings on functionality, but some GPS crap in which l am not primarily interested. I have a handheld GPS already, and until the fog bank rolls in l still prefer charts.
I should mention the unit which just decided to die, in my mind prematurely, was an icom. Hence the West Marine unit is getting my attention between the two.
Anyone have experience with these units? As a solo paddler l don’t have a lot of choices. At some point l have to either go with the dsc option or that plus a plb, and the apparent death death of my vhf has me at that point in the road. The latter unit generates a lot of derision in chiller Maine waters, from solid paddlers, so a vhf with a dsc button appeals.