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Super Deal on Cobra Marine VHF Fixed Mount radios

We made a HUGE purchase of MR F55-D fixed-mount marine Class-D VHF radios from Cobra, and are passing along the savings !

Cobra MRF55D only $ 89 !

Regular price is $ 129, now only $ 89 !
Compare to US pricing at $ 139.

This unit has features usually reserved for more costly VHF radio units including Dual Watch, Dot Matrix Display Area, an adjustable backlight, and function keys on the mic.

The Cobra MR F55 is a full function, Class-D,  DSC-capable VHF radio. Its compact design and included flush and bracket mounting kits make it great for any installation. The selectable 1 or 25 Watt output is perfect for short or long-range communication.

These are brand-new radios with a three year warranty. Limited to stock on hand, no backorders, available in white only.

Icom Spring Savings Rebates

Starting today, March 1st 2012, purchases made on the handheld Icom M36 will receive a mail in rebate of $30.  If you are in the market for a fixed mount VHF radio the M412 also has a mail in rebate for $20.  These rebates apply to purchases from March 1st 2012 until April 30th 2012.

We have a wide array of VHF antennas in stock for the M412 as well.

-Lawren

WOW! Standard Horizon – Marine VHF with GPS makes DSC easy!

The new Standard Horizon GX1700 makes DSC easy. With an internal 12 Channel GPS built into the front panel, there is no need to hassle with wiring the radio to a GPS for DSC. Out of the box and ready to go, DSC calling, position sharing, waypoint navigation, navigation to DSC distress calls can all be performed with just a few simple steps.

Mounting a VHF radio has never been easier. The Explorer GPS has an ultra thin, compact rear case, only 3.5” in depth or half the depth of comparable VHF radios on the market.

The Built-In WAAS GPS reciever and antenna mounted in the front panel also gives the flexibility to flush mount the radio in tight areas.

The GX1700 is capable of entering and saving up to 100 waypoints. These waypoints may be selected and navigated to by using a unique navigation compass display that shows your vessels SOG, COG, BRG (Bearing) and DST (Distance) to the waypoint with the internal 12 channel WAAS GPS.

The GX1700 is an ITU-R M493 Class D class VHF with a separate Channel 70 receiver, which allows DSC calls to be received even when listening to communications.

The DSC DISTRESS function when activated transmits a digital MAYDAY including vessel identification, Latitude / Longitude and time (with GPS connected), to facilitate prompt response. Additional calls that can be made are Individual, Urgency, Safety, Position Report and Send.

Need to remotely control the VHF from your cockpit of fly bridge? The GX1700 is RAM3 remote mic capable to control all VHF, DSC functions at a second station.
There is no question about it. With a big, bold display there is no mistaking the information. The contrast and brightness can be adjusted for situations where the radio cannot be mounted directly in front of you.
You can easily share position information with other DSC equipped vessels using the position request and position reporting functions. With the push of a few buttons you can request the position of another vessel, or simply send your position information to the vessel you select.

The GPS Position of a received DSC Distress or Position Request call can be shown on a compatible GPS Chart plotter simply by connecting 2 NMEA wires – included.

In addition, the GX1700 may be setup to automatically poll the GPS position of up to 4 stations.

The GX1700 features Clear Voice Noise Reduction Technology eliminating unwanted background noises like engines and wind during transmission. This assures transmissions are crystal clear along with dedicated 16/9, H/L keys and channel selection.

The GX1700 is supplied from the factory preloaded with description of the use of Marine channels (16-Distress, 22A-USCG, 71-Pleasure…). The channel names may be customized to easily understand the use of each channel.

10 NOAA and Canadian Weather channels are pre-programmed and easily selectable using the dedicated WX key. In addition, the GX1700 can be set to monitor WX channels and provide an audible alert to inform of pending storm advisories.
Most impressive, if the GX1700 fails for any reason (including water damage) during normal use for the first 3 years of ownership, STANDARD HORIZON will repair or replace it free, without hassles or charges. If it fails for anytime thereafter in normal use, for as long as the original purchaser owns the radio, STANDARD Horizon’s Lifetime Flat Rate and Customer Loyalty Service Programs will cover it.

WOW!

2012 Toronto International Boat Show

The month of January in Toronto marks an exciting time for boaters and on the water enthusiasts as the week long Toronto International Boat Show takes place between January 14th and 22nd 2012.  This year Radioworld will be leaving a big footprint on the show as we will be there with our biggest booth yet full of electronics and boating accessories!

You’ll find some of the best deals we have ever been able to offer on marine electronics.  We will have our expert staff on hand to answer all your questions and help you select the right electronics for your boat.

Some of the highlights that we will have on display include the Simrad NSS, Garmin auto-routing chartplotters, and Maretron NMEA2000 networking products.

Be sure to check out some of the seminars on NMEA2000 presented by Ken Harrison of Maretron and Robin Martel of Actisense to learn more about this awesome technology that makes boating even more enjoyable.

Be sure to come by the show and visit the Radioworld booth in Hall G, Booth 458

See you there…

-Lawren

Garmin GPSMAP 740 Auto Routing Demo

Here is a short promo video we shot with WFN highlighting the Garmin GPSMAP 740 and a G2 Vision mapping chart auto routing feature.  Unfortunately, the camera didn’t pick up the screen very well, but we routed around several small islands automatically without having to enter in a series of waypoints for the unit to follow.

Just set a safety depth and the unit will automatically calculate a route for you in water deeper than your safety depth.  This is an absolutely amazing GPS unit that will cut your pre-trip planning down to 5 minuets before departure.

Check out to see how easy it is to use –> GARMIN GPSMAP 740 VIDEO

Be sure to stop by the Radioworld Booth at the Toronto International Boat Show and check out this unit!

-Lawren

 

Update and Upgrade: Be Prepared

With water levels dropping in the Great Lakes these past two years, it may be time to update or upgrade your Chartplotter. Water level changes may result in repositioning or changes in navigation buoys, beacons and lights, not to mention changes in shoreline or shallow water depths.

For the latest in charts, check out Navionics or C-Map on our website.  We have all the latest software versions for your Chartplotters and GPS Fishfinders. Along with using your Chartplotter for navigation it is always a great idea to check your VHF for daily reports on chart datum. These reports are broadcast on the VHF weather channels multiple times a day (by the Coast Guard) and are to be recorded as a guide to your marine chart information. As an example this past summer the radio reports for Georgian Bay  detailed water levels to be .7′ below chart datum (1984). If you are not up to date on your charts, old data could result in serious problems.

If you have the DSC (Digital Selective Calling) feature on your VHF radio (mandatory on all new radios), it needs to be interfaced with your GPS. You will also have to get a Mobile Marine Service Identity (MMSI). The MMSI data includes all your boating identification such as your boat’s name, description, home port and owner info as well as your current GPS position. In the event of an emergency, the push of the red button will send all this information instantly to the Coast Guard and all stations.

Remember, for your own safety, ensure your VHF and GPS are interfaced and you register with Industry Canada for your MMSI number and then check our web site for all your electronic navigational needs. ‘Be Prepared’ by updating and upgrading should be top-of-mind!

 

NMEA 2000: Upgrading made easy!

For years plying the waters of our Great Lakes took skill and relied solely on
paper charts and the crackle of the ole marine radio! Nothing was more stressful
than plotting a dead reckoning on a raster chart during a 30 knot wind pushing
you closer to the rocks that you were trying to avoid in the first place!

Today, we enjoy and rely on electronic devices to solve our navigational and
communication problems. Take the new version of the maritime VHF radio! It
allows us to communicate our safety concerns within a third of a second for all
stations to hear. We can communicate with each other for a multitude of
reasons. We rely on radar, marine GPS Chartplotters and weather maps in one or
more marine devices.

Prices and competitive retail advantages have allowed all boaters the opportunity to own and enjoy all of these simple electronic pleasures. NMEA 2000 now makes hooking up all these devices a breeze. NMEA 2000 combines electrical and data specifications to set up a marine data network for communication between marine electronic devices such as radar, depth gauges, GPS – nautical chartplotters, navigation instruments, engine gauges, multiple tank level sensors and laptops. It has been defined by, and is controlled by,
the US based National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). More and more
electronic manufactures are making their products to this standard.

Next time you are in the store looking for a new addition to your boat’s marine
electronics package, look for the label NMEA 2000 compliant. NMEA 2000 makes it easier to install, reduces costs and allows boaters to mix electronic manufacturers so they can enjoy the best equipment on the market. The NMEA 2000 system is based on a single backbone cable that sends messages and data in both directions.


The above drawing illustrates how a NMEA 2000 backbone can connect a power boats’
electronic device such as a GPS, VHF, compass, engine data, navigation system,
etc.

I know what I’m doing in the Spring! My Carver’s electronic devices need an
upgrade and there is no better way to do it. Come in and see us to discuss your
NMEA networking needs.

John

1984 Carver 3207