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WEST MARINE VHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio

Affordable West Marine VHF radio reflects the latest in Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) features and includes DSC calling with Position send, Request, and test calling. Full Class D DSC radio (meets 2013 M493.13 requirements). Built to withstand the toughest of environments, it meets the highest submersible standard of IPX8, features a microphone wih a non-slip rubber grip, and provides a large backlit full dot matrix-display for easy viewing of the DSC information.

  • Channel Selection: Controls: Volume, Squelch, 8 keys
  • Mic Controls: Channel, up/down, scan and 16/9 keys
  • Display Type: Dot matrix LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Programmable channel scan
  • Weather Alert: S.A.M.E. Emergency/Weather Alert
  • Receiver Performance: 0.25µV
  • Interface Inputs/Outputs: NMEA0183 input and output
  • Dimensions: 6.25"W X 2.5"H X 6.0"D
  • Waterproof: Rated Submersible IPX8
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof

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Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
VHF580 Fixed-Mount VHF Radio, Black 13790845 VHF580N-BLK
Limited availability.

$159.99

Product Description

Affordable West Marine VHF radio reflects the latest in Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) features and includes DSC calling with Position send, Request, and test calling. Full Class D DSC radio (meets 2013 M493.13 requirements). Built to withstand the toughest of environments, it meets the highest submersible standard of IPX8, features a microphone wih a non-slip rubber grip, and provides a large backlit full dot matrix-display for easy viewing of the DSC information.

  • Channel Selection: Controls: Volume, Squelch, 8 keys
  • Mic Controls: Channel, up/down, scan and 16/9 keys
  • Display Type: Dot matrix LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Programmable channel scan
  • Weather Alert: S.A.M.E. Emergency/Weather Alert
  • Receiver Performance: 0.25µV
  • Interface Inputs/Outputs: NMEA0183 input and output
  • Dimensions: 6.25"W X 2.5"H X 6.0"D
  • Waterproof: Rated Submersible IPX8
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof

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West MarineVHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio
 
2.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

29%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (8)
  • Waterproof (6)
  • Reliable (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Poorly designed (4)

Best Uses

  • Large boats (3)
  • Small boats (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (8), Casual/ recreational (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great features/warranty, good quality.

The three year warranty and display features alone make this radio well worth its price. I looked at other more expensive brands, and much preferred the display of this one to the others. ...Read complete review

The three year warranty and display features alone make this radio well worth its price. I looked at other more expensive brands, and much preferred the display of this one to the others. When changing channels, I agree that the display is small, but the normal display makes that small inconvenience worth it. Any problems described by others should be covered by the warranty, and West Marine has been very responsive to me in the past with issues on other items. I recommend this radio as a basic unit with some advanced features. The only issue I have with it is the annoyance of the "input position" alarm. Otherwise, I'm very happy with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

better choices out there

"input position" alarms and "low voltage" alarms when the voltage is below 12.5 interrupt conversations and make the radio useless in an emergency.
When switching channels, the...Read complete review

"input position" alarms and "low voltage" alarms when the voltage is below 12.5 interrupt conversations and make the radio useless in an emergency.
When switching channels, the numbers are so small, your face has to be right up to the screen.

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5.0

Works really well.

By Dege

from Cape Coral, Florida

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Boats

    Comments about VHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio:

    Fishing and boating

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    Screen failed

    By Joe

    from Guam

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Defective Screen

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

      Comments about West Marine VHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio:

      VHF 580 installed in pilot house and rarely used over span of 2.5 - 3 years. Still screen slowly failed in the last 4 months until nothing appears now. You get what you pay for. Never again on a West Marine brand. Searching for receipt now and praying it's less then 3 years old.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not bad, no problems at all.

      By Joe

      from Tarpon Springs, FL

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Small Boats

        Comments about West Marine VHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio:

        I saw the bad reviews on this radio, but I have had no problems at all with mine. I use it with a 3' stainless antenna and can consistently hit an automated radio check station 27 miles away over land. I've had it installed in my boat for about 2.5 years. The only thing I have found is that the red numbers on the 16/9 buttons have faded almost to white. Other than that, it's worked perfectly and has good clear sound. I have it paired with a Garmin GPS and it was simple to wire, with good installation instructions. For the money, it seems like a fine radio.

         
        1.0

        Failed within two years.

        By Grg

        from Alameda Ca

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about West Marine VHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio:

            Speaker failed

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            screen display dead after 1 year

            By alpentalic

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

            • Broke
            • NOT DURABLE
            • Not Weather Resistant

            Best Uses

              Comments about West Marine Vhf580 Fixed-mount Radio, Black:

              Disappointed in non-durability. The radio still turns on, but the display screen is dead after 1 year in my express cruiser. West Marine has indicated they will replace under warranty if I can find my receipt. Otherwise functioned fine.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Speakerr Failure

              By Reel Girlz

              from Pensacola, Fl.

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

              • Not Weather Resistant
              • Poorly Designed

              Best Uses

                Comments about West Marine Vhf580 Fixed-mount Radio, Black:

                Had this radio professionally installed with my new boat and the speaker went out 2 1/2 years later.
                I will say customer service at West Marine was fantastic! They did honor the 3 year warranty and replaced the radio with no hassle.

                 
                5.0

                Does more than promised

                By Outside the box

                from Seaford, VA

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Install
                • Reliable
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Boats
                  • Outdoor

                  Comments about VHF580 Fixed Mount VHF Radio:

                  Outstanding service and delivered on time. Had to change a few things like color, and on line service was not only willing but delighted in helping me change my order after the sale.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  No Instructions - Unable to set-up

                  By Ken

                  from Friday Harbor

                  Pros

                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                  • Asks For Mmsi But Info
                  • Difficult To Install
                  • No Clue How To Enter Mmsi
                  • No Instructions
                  • Poorly Designed

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about West Marine Vhf580 Fixed-mount Radio, Black:

                    On opening the box there were no insstructions. On turning on the set it repeatedly says no MMSI entered but there are no instructions as to how to enter MMSI or even what MMSI is. This is terrible product support.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great features/warranty, good quality.

                    By Timothy

                    from Outer Banks, NC

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Channel Names
                    • Channel Names Display
                    • Dsc-equipped
                    • Dsc-equippped
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Install
                    • Large display
                    • Reliable
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                    • "input Position" Alarm
                    • Low Volume Underway
                    • No Ext Speaker Option
                    • Volume

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Boats

                    Comments about West Marine Vhf580 Fixed-mount Radio, Black:

                    The three year warranty and display features alone make this radio well worth its price. I looked at other more expensive brands, and much preferred the display of this one to the others. When changing channels, I agree that the display is small, but the normal display makes that small inconvenience worth it. Any problems described by others should be covered by the warranty, and West Marine has been very responsive to me in the past with issues on other items. I recommend this radio as a basic unit with some advanced features. The only issue I have with it is the annoyance of the "input position" alarm. Otherwise, I'm very happy with it.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not recommended

                    By Kcherc130

                    from New Bern, NC

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about West Marine Vhf580 Fixed-mount Radio, Black:

                        Received radio when I purchased a nearly new boat. Radio was wired into boat by a certified electrician and worked until speaker died after <20 hours of operation. No local repair shops would fix. Would not recommend.

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