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UHF radio suggestions - properly hearing incoming calls

I can hear the radio just fine when docked or anchored, but missed some calls last season when underway competing against the engine, wind noise, and tunes.  Is there a good fix for this?  Extender speaker?  Some sort of light that flashes if something is coming in?  How do you handle it?

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    Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Member Posts: 5,439 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You are playing battle of the sounds, whoever is loudest wins! 

     An external speaker can be a good idea, watch the install location so as not to mess up your compass.  I upgraded my marine radio from the stock one and way better sound, the original was just too weak to hear while underway.

    Past owner of a 2003 342FV
    PC BYC, Holland, MI
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    Dream_InnDream_Inn Member, Moderator Posts: 7,590 mod

    I will say I had this problem on my last boat.  I now have an external speaker and that really helps a lot.  As noted, watch placement of it.

    You could also just get a handheld as backup and use it.  I have one of those for dinghy use and like it better for regular use as well.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

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