VHF radios are the most common form of communication on the water. A “line of sight” range offers limited communication coverage but USCG listening and multiple channels, including weather channels, offer an added safety network. VHF radios transmit and receive at various power levels for range and clarity improvement, as well as localizing your conversation are available. Added features like GPS integration and AIS receiving can increase safety on board. Choosing a unit with the DSC feature can offer transmission of a distress signal with the push of a button (not to be confused with an EPIRB.) The VHF radio is the backbone of your on board communication and an affordable first step to your electronics package.