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WEST MARINE VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 14078562Mfg # VHF160

$159.99

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Product Description

The VHF160 is packed with outstanding features including emergency strobe, all marine VHF channels, NOAA emergency weather alert, dual-, triple- and quad-watch plus scanning, memory channel scan and instant access to Channel 16 or Channel 9.

With a Power Boost Key for instant 6-watt transmitting power, plus glow-in-the-dark power key and seals, this floating radio boasts a rugged IPX8 waterproof rating. It comes fully equipped with an auxiliary battery tray, AC and DC adaptors, AC/DC charging cradle, Li-ion battery pack, swivel belt clip and wrist strap.

  • Dimensions: 2 3/8"W x 5 5/8"H x 1 11/16"D
  • Material: Polycarbonate chassis
  • Controls: Nine buttons, up-down channel selection keys
  • Display Type: Segmented LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Memory, Dual, Triple and Quad Watch Plus
  • Weather Alert: Nine channels plus local alert
  • Transmit Power: 6/2.5/1 Watt
  • Battery Type: 1160mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX8
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof; 49.99 flat rate applies after 3 years

Product Manual

 

Specs

VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 12 Hours
Dimensions 2 3/8" Width x 5 5/8" Height x 1 11/16" Depth
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Display Type Segmented LCD
Material Polycarbonate
Features Waterproof
Weather Alert
Scanning Modes Memory Scan
Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Quad-Watch
Transmit Power 1/2.5/6 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate

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West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.4

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (32)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Good audio (31)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Rugged (24)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (31)
  • Emergencies (22)
  • Camping (5)
  • Families (4)
  • Hiking (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (31), Avid adventurer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Radio

saw this radio was onsale so i bought it easy to use screen very clear and audio was clear very happy with it.

saw this radio was onsale so i bought it easy to use screen very clear and audio was clear very happy with it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dissapointed at the limited "reach" of the signal on unit

The staff at the store did not explain the limited reach of this radio at the time I purchased it. Only communicated that issue after I returned to the store to question them on...Read complete review

The staff at the store did not explain the limited reach of this radio at the time I purchased it. Only communicated that issue after I returned to the store to question them on the issue.

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5.0

5 Star

By Rich H

from Maryland

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Emergencies

    Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

    Meets expectations

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Nice for the price

    By boatguy

    from St. Louis

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Signal
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Audio
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Charging requires cradle

    Best Uses

    • Boating

    Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

    Nice radio

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Can't be any happier the guys at west marine did a great job

    By Jeff

    from Bayshore

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Signal
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Audio
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Camping
      • Emergencies
      • Families
      • Hiking
      • Hunting
      • Ski Slopes

      Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

      Very happy with it and good customer service

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      great little HT (Handie-Talkie)

      By frankc

      from Sturgeon Bay, WI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Signal
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Audio
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • more "steps" on volume

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Emergencies

      Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

      This is a nice HT, very easy to use and with more than enough features for most any boater. No dials to mess up settings by accident, took a little getting used to but all OK after awhile. Having a few more "steps" on the volume would be nice but as-is it's adequate.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      4.0

      Works great

      By Boater

      from St Paul Mn.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Signal
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Audio
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

          Radio won't fall off clip. You have turn radio upside down to release.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          4.0

          VHF160 Works As Advertised

          By Brad

          from Columbus

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Signal
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Audio
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Emergencies

            Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

            The radio works well and has a loud speaker and great NOAA weather reception. I purchased it when the fixed-mount radio on my boat gave out. My only complaint is that the bimini/canopy on my boat significantly curtails range/reception, so I usually give it to my wife to operate from the deck when we are docking and need good contact with the marina/dockhands.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Very handy item

            By Fstopf4

            from Michigan

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • 12 Volt charging equip in
            • Clear Signal
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Audio
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating

              Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

              Tried it out this week end,, performed as well as the fixed mount radio and a lot handier in the cockpit

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Dissapointed at the limited "reach" of the signal on unit

              By Gary

              from USA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Poor Reception
              • Short Range

              Best Uses

              • Camping
              • Families
              • Hiking

              Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

              The staff at the store did not explain the limited reach of this radio at the time I purchased it. Only communicated that issue after I returned to the store to question them on the issue.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Works great on Lake Erie. Is a great back-up unit !

              By walleyeking

              from Buffalo, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Signal
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Audio

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Emergencies

                Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                Great unit for guys with small boats !

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Works Good Price

                By John

                from NJ

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Audio

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating
                  • Emergencies

                  Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                  Good Price

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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