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VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White Exclusive

WEST MARINE VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White

Model # 15088198Mfg # VHF480

$139.99

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Product Description

The VHF480 marine radio features new quick-disconnect cables for easy transfer in/out of vessels, splashproof IPX4 waterproof rating, and a full set of Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) features. Included microphone features non-slip grip and convenient channel up and down as well as instant Channel 16/9 keys.

  • Channel Selection: Up/down buttons on unit
  • Controls: Volume, squelch, eight keys
  • Mic Controls: Push to talk
  • Display Type: Backlit dot-matrix LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Programmable, Dual- and Triple-watch
  • Weather Alert: Yes, with S.A.M.E.
  • Receiver Performance: Sensitivity: 0.25µV; Rejection: 70dB
  • NMEA Interface: NMEA 0183
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX4
  • Dimensions: 2 9/16"H x 6 3/8"W x 4 15/16"D
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof, $49.95 flat rate

Specs

VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White

Color White
Dimensions 6 3/8" Width X 2 9/16" Height X 4 15/16" Depth
Display Color Monochrome
Display Type Backlit Dot Matrix LCD
Amperage 0.34 Amps (Standby)
6 Amps (Transmit)
Features Weather Alert
Scanning Modes Programmable Scan
Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate

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West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White
 
3.1

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Good Value at the Sale Price

I needed a basic VHF radio for coastal cruising & compared features with similarly priced radios available on line. (This product seems to be made for West Marine by Uniden) the radio...Read complete review

I needed a basic VHF radio for coastal cruising & compared features with similarly priced radios available on line. (This product seems to be made for West Marine by Uniden) the radio was on sale, so I bought it for four reasons: 1, the compact size; 2, it was available; 3, the West Marine return policy; and, the price.
After installing the radio, the sound quality of the small speakers surprised me. It's a food value at the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay product is you want a 3 year radio

Bought this product 3 seasons ago. I typically keep my boat in storage in the south, so there's not a lot of harsh weather and the radio only gets wet when I wash the...Read complete review

Bought this product 3 seasons ago. I typically keep my boat in storage in the south, so there's not a lot of harsh weather and the radio only gets wet when I wash the boat. This year, I turned the radio on and realized it needs to be replaced. Speaker doesn't work anymore.

If you decide to buy this unit, realize that it does have a MMEI or some type of coastguard tracker. I wish I could have either disabled it, so it would keep popping up every time I turned the unit on. I use the VHF for marina calls or occasional weather reports. Your situation might be different, but if so, I'd recommend a better (more dependable unit).

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5.0

West MArine VHF 480 Radio

By Knoxy

from South Amboy

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

        Great Radio

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great radio

        By SD

        from Springfield, Va.

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

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              Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

              Great radio for boating.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              replacement radio

              By Charter captain

              from Southeast GA

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                    great service; good customer service

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Very poor VHF!

                    By West End Bahamas Boater

                    from West End, Grand Bahama

                    Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                    This was by far the worst VHF radio anyone could by. The radio cannot take the extreme heat or salt water well. The two knobs rusted and finally fell off...then the radio says battery low after a few minutes of being turned on...and beeps constantly. I will not buy the West Marine Brand ever again and will not recommend this to anyone.

                     
                    1.0

                    VHF Fail

                    By Not Happy

                    from Ventura CA

                    Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                    Purchased 6 years ago but not used much as boat was getting restored.
                    Runs fine for about 30 secs then fades out and stops receiving or transmitting.
                    Total usage time is less than 200 hrs.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A Good Value at the Sale Price

                    By None

                    from Oceanside harbor

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                          I needed a basic VHF radio for coastal cruising & compared features with similarly priced radios available on line. (This product seems to be made for West Marine by Uniden) the radio was on sale, so I bought it for four reasons: 1, the compact size; 2, it was available; 3, the West Marine return policy; and, the price.
                          After installing the radio, the sound quality of the small speakers surprised me. It's a food value at the price.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Great

                          By Copperhead

                          from Warwick RI

                          Verified Buyer

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                              Best Uses

                                Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                                Best one I bought love it for sure

                                Service and delivery comments:

                                Great delivery service

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                first my name is Tony and I did buy a vhf480 it work good

                                By tony

                                from Brandon, Florida

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • If It Came With Hard Ware
                                • I Only Wish It Would Come

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                                    It easy to use and simple to install
                                    it would be nice if it came with flush mount kit too.i

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Okay product is you want a 3 year radio

                                    By SeaBelle

                                    from Hoover, AL

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install

                                    Cons

                                    • Complex To Register
                                    • speaker broke

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                                      Bought this product 3 seasons ago. I typically keep my boat in storage in the south, so there's not a lot of harsh weather and the radio only gets wet when I wash the boat. This year, I turned the radio on and realized it needs to be replaced. Speaker doesn't work anymore.

                                      If you decide to buy this unit, realize that it does have a MMEI or some type of coastguard tracker. I wish I could have either disabled it, so it would keep popping up every time I turned the unit on. I use the VHF for marina calls or occasional weather reports. Your situation might be different, but if so, I'd recommend a better (more dependable unit).

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Lots to be desired in screen display

                                      By Rich

                                      from Marathon, FL

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Good volume control
                                      • price

                                      Cons

                                      • Hard To Read Channel 's
                                      • Numbers Disappear If Not
                                      • slow to change channels

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about West Marine VHF480 Fixed VHF Radio—White:

                                        Numbers and lettering to small when changing channels, also to busy with the scrolling list of channels. You just can't read it moving on a boat. Can't read screen unless you are looking almost straight on. Will I buy another one?.......No!

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