First, I will say that this radio did work fairly well, when it was working. The audio was clear and the range was good. The screen was bright and the battery life was good.
However, there are quite a few design flaws. First is the battery clip. Our clip broke within one month of owning the radio (fixed with a zip tie around the whole radio). Ours wasn’t the only one with this problem, as we have met at least one other cruiser with the exact same issue (became a joke around the table that night).
Second, is the “submersible” feature. By submersible, they mean you could drop it in a puddle 2 inches deep and if you immediately pull it back out, it will be fine. However, anything deeper than that and it will not survive. Ours died after a quick dip from the dock. Friends of ours died after just sitting in the dinghy in a rain shower (yes in the water at the bottom of the dinghy about 2 inches deep).
Third, is the terrible belt clip. There is no retaining mechanism for the clip (it simply rotates and falls off). I must have picked the clip off the ground 20 times, before I finally lost it.
I would have sent it back as we didn’t even get 2 months of use out of it, but it just too much hassle from down here in the Caribbean.
Spend more money and buy a better radio. Our last handheld was a Standard Horizon and it lasted us 3 years. I thought I would try a Uniden to see how it compares. Sigh, I will now be replacing it with a Standard Horizon HX150