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Anyone running one of the newer VHFs with built in GPS?

The upgrade seemed like a cheap backup compared to buying a handheld.

I just bought a Standard GX 1800G. Anything I should be aware of, or watch out for?

Or opinions in general...
 

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I am curious about placement...does it need open sky to work...external antenna....will be my next purchase
That model I bought is supposed to have the antenna built into the face of the radio. I was worried about that since I am planning to flush mount it. It'll be on the flat of my console angled up slightly so it should get a decent amount of open sky exposure.

I will report back with how it does once I get it installed.
 

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You will need an external antenna to actually use it. Biggest problem Is it works off line of sight. So antenna needs to be a decent size for any kind of range.
Yes I got a fiberglass 46" high gain antenna from Gigaparts. I plan on getting an 8' if I decide to put a t-top on the boat, but that's still up in the air, I really like it being open.
 

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great info....I certainly would like to hear how it works out...measure twice especially behind the radio:)
Thanks, my thinking was I plan on being pretty far offshore in this boat sometimes, and even if I can't radio all the way back to shore/USCG there's bound to be another DSC capable VHF within range.

That antenna should work. You can test it at home via sea tows automation test. I think it’s 22/23/24/or25. Basically you do a radio check and it sends it back to you.
That's good info, appreciate it.

ques. of the day..are their dual antenna setups....2 in 1
I don't know, but you really got me thinking now... If there's not you might have a great invention. I know I would buy one just to keep from having to drill more holes in my boat and bolt more crap on.
 

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I am not thinking here ...I believe you can take the gps off of a map/ff into the vhf and then we are back to one hole?????????????
I will have to look into that. I'll be running an HDS 12 right above the radio. I am going to attempt to run it via the internal antenna as well. Once again flush mounted so I'm going to have to see how it goes once installed. Got the holes trimmed and dry fit the other day. Still have some more glass and paint work to do but it's getting closer.
VHF will be just below the FF.
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I will have to look into that. I'll be running an HDS 12 right above the radio. I am going to attempt to run it via the internal antenna as well. Once again flush mounted so I'm going to have to see how it goes once installed. Got the holes trimmed and dry fit the other day. Still have some more glass and paint work to do but it's getting closer.
VHF will be just below the FF.
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definitely, will be a clean look...kudos
 

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That model I bought is supposed to have the antenna built into the face of the radio. I was worried about that since I am planning to flush mount it. It'll be on the flat of my console angled up slightly so it should get a decent amount of open sky exposure.

I will report back with how it does once I get it installed.
The built in antenna is for the GPS, you still need a VHF antenna to use the radio for communication.
 

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The built in antenna is for the GPS, you still need a VHF antenna to use the radio for communication.
Yep I'm aware, I have a fiberglass antenna for that. Just hoping to not have to use the optional external antenna for aquiring GPS signal. Like @topnative2 mentioned if it doesn't work well I'll try and feed it signal from the HDS if possible.

Radio should be here in a few days. I'll report back on how it does flush mounted. Got my fingers crossed. I figure if it can get signal here in my wooded yard it'll be ok on open water.
 

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Just noticed this thread.
I'm expecting delivery the next day or two.
Ordered the same (1800GB) from the GPS store.

I've been think of getting a HDS too :)
but going to wait till I cut some cardboard to mock one up. Don't think a 12 will fit.
 

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Ok, changed my plans up a bit to give it a cleaner look. Got my filler, paint and clean up done. Moved my volt and fuel gauges next to each other, removed the plugs and cut the hole for the VHF there.

Got everything wired, and powered up.

They both were able to aquire GPS signal flush mounted with no external antenna, AND while the boat was still under my barn! I was shocked. Any how here's a couple pics. Very happy.

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