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20 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
I live in a small town about 30 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas and I bought this Cobra Marine radio to listen to ships coming in to the port of Corpus Christi and i was real surprise when i could listen to them calling the port and sailing in.....These are oil tankers, and cargo ships bringing in goods and the reception on the Cobra came in loud and clear...Go figure, i am 30 miles plus inland from the water and i can hear them talking to each other.....I even heard them calling the port from Aransas Pass, which is even farther away, about 3 to 4 miles out in the water before you get to the port of Corpus Christi.....Those big ships must have some powerful radios for my little cobra to hear them speak......Well i think my Cobra is well worth the money.....I never have done a radio check, so i can not comment on how far it transmits, I just like to listen to them...Great Product.....
My Cobra Radio tested very well. But, failed when I needed it.
For a hand-held marine radio this cobra demonstrated very good transmission and receiving capabilities. She holds 5 AAA batteries and that gave me a considerable amount of air time. I was a participant in the Everglades Challenge for 2012 it is a 300 mile very small boat adventure race. Soon after the start my rudder snapped of my 15 foot boat. While I was never in any danger I did take a wave over the side. That wave splashed on my Cobra filled it with water. That was one of my deciding factors to pull out as I really needed that radio. As a matter of fact it is required equipment for this race.
This Hand- held radio has enough positives that I have ordered another one and hope to write a better review in a few weeks. I will test it thoroughly before I put it in service.
This is gonna seem a bit nit picky but this was a big issue for me. Nowhere in the item description does it tell you that the charger that comes with this product is a car charger. To me this is a big drawback. This item for me is for work, not pleasure. I don't have access to car chargers all the time. So in order for me to make this work for me I have to buy an ac to dc plug adapter to come with me. With that big disappointment being said, I do think the actual product is well worth the money. I can hear the boats well above and below me and have been able to respond to the boats calling 3 miles from me. My only recommendation for this product is to give you a wall charger
Genius piece of equipment, small, wireless, great inclose reception and broadcast ability. Coastal and inland, cruisers throw out your old,yellowed, cabin mounted , hard wired, corded VHFs ... For under fifty bucks this little gem is a VHF game changer. that gives you the freedom to broadcast and receive anywhere on deck. Simple easy, to use, and, hopefully long lasting (Bought mine in Aug 2013 and so far so good).....
PS.... will never buy another cabin mounted, hard wired, VHF , ever
This is a great little vhf radio. Transmit / receive are good. The only thing that would make it better, was if it was a 5 watt. , vise the 1 to 3 watt it is. Would buy another one today if needed.
All that was missing was the instruction manual. I had to Google the radio to find out where to download the instructions.
This little radio certainly represents value for the money. It is not the best marine radio, but it is an adequate alternative to the best.
I have one of the best marine radios. The battery, for this best marine radio, costs more than this full functioned, low cost, radio. If your life depends on your marine radio, look elsewhere. If you can deal with an inexpensive, workable, radio; this is it.
Nice radio..we installed a 12 volt recepticle to charge the radio while we run the boat. United States Coast Guard Auxillary safety inspector loved this radio and was going to buy one himself.
A # 1 love it
What is it possible to do if the antenna is broken?
I work in the marine industry and dependable communications are very important. This radio fits in your pocket and has all the features and power of much larger and more expensive radios. Have not gotten it wet so can't attest to it being waterproof but I do love this radio otherwise.
Pros. You can set the squelch to block out weak signals that are useless to understand. Like to simple Tri channel scan when I just want to cover the most important channels. Nice and small for my wife to throw in her bag when at a food or shopping stop. The white doesn't get as hot in the sun as the black case does. Simple and easy unit. Don't expect too much from such a compact unit and you won't be disappointed. Has a lot features I didn't think they could get into a floating hand held.
Replaced 15 year old cobra radio. Can not beat features for price.
Great informing the weather
Worth the money, and as you can see in the reviews, Cobra backs up their product 100%
use this radio for going hunting with my union buddies. they love it and love it. although the radio is not very rugged, it does have crisp clear communication!
Most handhelds are 5 watts / 1 watt. This unit is only 2 watts maximum. IMHO not enough power if you should find yourself offshore. OK for small lakes I guess.
This radio is sold as "waterproof" but is nothing of the sort. Splashed it with some salt water, and that was the end. Don't trust this radio to save your life.
We used this little VHF as an emergency radio while Kayaking. I really loved it for two seasons until it started raining about two weeks ago. I laid the radio down face up in our sailboat cockpit for a few minutes only to find water drops under the clear plastic screen. Now the radio no longer functions. It says "WATERPROOF" on the bottom. Our definitely would not even stand a little bit of rain. Very disappointing as we liked carrying it along on Kayak outings as an emergency VHF.
The main reason I bought this radio was that it said it's "waterproof". I've had good experience with the "Cobra" brand in the past, so I believed that this will be the case as well.
However, as much as I like the performance of the radio where its lacking is so called the "waterproof-ness". What happened to me is that last week while helping me dock, my father-in-law dropped the unit I had given him into about 3 feet of water so, I jumped into the water right away and fetched the unit. He felt really bad but I assured him not to worry because the unit was water-proof and that nothing had happened to the unit.
Well, I was wrong. Now when I try to use the radio, it turns on but none of the buttons work, so I'm stuck on channel 88 and can NOT change or set anything on the radio. Its sad because it really is a pretty powerful radio and it has a very good range and sound for the price but a so called "Marine" radio? I'm not sure. Now I'm left with one radio.