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  • Replaces GX1600/GX1700 Explorer Series radios which will be discontinued
  • Second Station RAM Mic compatible
  • Built-in GPS
  • IPX8 Submersible Design
  • E2O Easy to Operate menu system

Things we like

  • It has a large, easy-to-read display that shows important information such as the channel number and battery level.
  • It has a Class D DSC (Digital Selective Calling) function, which allows you to send a distress signal or communicate with other boats using a unique identification number.
  • It has a built-in GPS receiver, so you can see your current location on the display and transmit it to other boats in case of an emergency.
  • It has a built-in hailer function, which allows you to make announcements to other boats or people on shore.
  • It has a durable construction and is waterproof, making it suitable for use in harsh marine environments.

Things we don't like

  • It is relatively expensive compared to some other VHF marine radios on the market.
  • Some users have reported that the buttons can be difficult to press or that the unit is prone to malfunctioning.
  • The built-in GPS receiver may not be as accurate as a standalone GPS device.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it have ais transponder built in?

No not that I know of.

If you are going to surface mount this, what is the rough opening?

The template that is in the back of the manual is 138mm x 73mm. Roughly 5.5 inches wide x 3 inches tall. Use the template when Marking the cut as the rounded edges and precise measurements ensure a perfect fit.

Is this radio nmea 2000 compatible?

unfortunately No, not the GX1800 looks like it lacks the internal programming - the GX1850 is NMEA 2000 per page 79 of the owners manual.

I know this is for marine applications but is it lawful fpr use on a motorcycle?

I do not know, you may want to ask your local law enforcement.