Handheld Radio Review: The Uniden MHS75

A VHF radio is an essential tool for any would-be sailor of the open waters.

A VHF radio is the primary way that boat owners communicate with others while out on the waters. Communication with other boat operators, bridge tenders, lock operators, and even the Coast Guard relies on VHF radio transmissions.

Much more reliable out on the water than a cell phone, a VHF radio is one of the most important safety items to have on a boat. They can literally save your life. Picking a strong and reliable VHF radio is, then, of utmost importance to the modern boat owner.

The Uniden Mhs75 is a compact and submersible marine handheld VHF radio. Below, we'll walk you through its many features, pros, and cons so that you can decide if it's the right VHF radio to have aboard your vessel.

Design and Basic Features

A brief look over the body of the Uniden Mhs75 should leave a solid impression of the radio. Shaped like a traditional walkie-talkie, the MHS75 is compact and handheld in size.

The radio is inside a tough aluminum housing that runs 2.5 inches wide by 4.6 inches tall and is 1.5 inches deep. The radio itself weighs 10.4 ounces, and that is without the included belt clip attached. The housing itself is durable and thick, meaning that radio should stand up to a good deal of wear and tear.

The belt clip itself is one of the weaker aspects of the MHS75. The included clip is flimsy and rather weak. You may be better off setting the radio down somewhere as opposed to using the belt.

The Uniden MHS75 radio has top-mounted control knobs for both volume and squelch control. It also has eight pushbuttons mounted on the front of the body, most of which provide control for two functions. Each button features a label for both its primary function and its secondary.

The MHS75 also uses backlit LCD for its displays, making the radio easy to use in light or in the dark. This easy to read system makes using the Uniden MHS75 easy and user-friendly.

The output power for the transmitter on the MHS75 can be set to 5, 2.5, or 1 watt depending on need or personal preference. If you want to conserve battery life, running on one watt is an easy and effective way.

This VHS radio is capable of receiving all U.S., International, and Canadian marine channels. It is also capable of receiving 10 different weather channels.

Advanced Features

Uniden had emergencies in mind when designing the MHS75, and helped ensure that it would still be a reliable life-saver even in the worst of situations.

The MHS75 is completely waterproof. It does not float but has an IPX8 waterproof rating. That means it can stand submersion to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damage. It can also even still function while submerged.

These stats make the MHS75 one of the most reliable and water-resistant models available on the market.

That's not the only safety feature included in this model. Uniden has also added Quad Monitor functionality, or the ability to monitor two frequencies at once. This means boat operators caught in a sticky situation can monitor both the coast guard and weather frequencies simultaneously, as opposed to having to switch back and forth. With the MHS75, boat owners won't have to risk missing any transmission or communication.

You can even set up the MHS75 to emit a loud alert signal when there's an inclement weather report. This means you'll never have to risk not knowing about an incoming storm while you're out at sea.

The Uniden MHS75 was also given increased battery life so that you can travel without the worry of having to re-charge. The battery life of the MHS75 can last up to twelve hours without needing to charge.

MHS75 Performance

The Uniden handheld marine radio performed well when used during testing.

The VHS radio has three main operation modes: normal, scan, and weather mode. Normal mode allows you to monitor and communicate with others on a single channel. The scan mode allows you to monitor all the channels you have saved in memory. The weather mode monitors the selected NOAA weather channels.

Apart from these operation modes, the MHS75 also provides watch modes which you can activate at any time. These watch modes can flip between various channels automatically, searching for transmissions. The previously mentioned Quad Monitor functionality is one of these modes.

The radio's battery does last the advertised twelve hours. The display of the radio features a large battery-shaped icon made of four blocks. These blocks disappear as the battery in the unit decreases. When battery life gets low, the battery icon will flash and an alarm will sound. A number of transmissions can be still done following this alarm.

The battery of the Uniden MHS75 can charge using an included DC charger. The lithium-ion battery can charge to full power in a brief and impressive four-hour span. You will need some sort of cigar lighter or charger port on your boat to be able to charge the MHS75 while out on the water.

The Uniden MHS75 VHS Radio

The Uniden MHS75 has a number of impressive features that help promote the safety of the user. It's durable build and water sustainability make it an ideal marine radio for use on any kind of boat or vessel. And a user-friendly design makes it easy for anyone to set up and operate the radio with ease.

With a price tag of less than $100, the MHS75 is a certified bargain. It is well worth looking into for your use on any boat heading out to the open waters.

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