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Unit was installed on boat and first trip out started on fire. After putting fire out on the boat and rewiring it still worked except the GPS part of it. The unit was installed with the positive and negative wires exposed on the ends. When another issue happened and went to fix it the wires touched and started we have a fire!! NOT ITEM'S FAULT. point is it stilled worked for talking a receiving.
This is truly a piece of junk. From Day 1 the external speaker jack hasn't worked, I've tried several speakers to verify this. I'm pretty sure it's not transmitting either as I've been unable to get any responses on the radio. I have been unable to connect to anyone at customer support to replace the radio. Out of curiosity I opened the housing today and found the circuit board shows considerable corrosion and bridging between terminals. This radio is protected from the elements and has only been on the ocean a handful of times and it's supposedly waterproof to boot. Unfortunately it looks like I need a new radio, sure wish I could get ahold of someone at customer support so I could return it!!!
I wish I had seen the reviews before I ordered this unit. It worked great for about 6 outings. Now it will not transmit. It is a real safety hazard when you think you have emergency communication and you find out you don’t. I have been trying for three days to contact Cobra customer service with no luck.
This Cobra MRF45D was super easy to install and setup. The channel control on the handset is a great feature along with the 16/9 quick button. The distress feature button with the protective cover, to prevent unwanted activation is a great idea when you are in a hurry and need help. Clean look, speaker is nice and loud. Radio check response from 5 miles away loud and clear. Will test further when out on Lake St. Clair. Weather band picks up 2 local bands (1 in Southfield, MI and 1 in Ontario, Canada) Highly recommend this product. You won't be disappointed. I will be looking to add the GPS option as well.
So I just got to installing the radio a month after received. It is inoperative and will not transmit. It does power up and receive. Now I am outside the window to return and the box has already been discarded. A waste of 120.00.
This radio turns out to be pretty good. I got all the connections figured out, registered the VHF MMSI number with Boat US and now my boat can transmit an emergency signal with coordinates if I get in a PAN,PAN,PAN or MAYDAY situation. I was also able to communicate with commercial shipping traffic on the Chesapeake Bay from my boat in my backyard (Dead of winter, test) about 15 miles away in VA Beach. I did a radio transmit test and got a loud and clear back...looking good now for putting the boat in the water now that it's Spring...
**Old Section ** You know, I like the price, The look is cool, the function is cool. However the Panic hookup has proven to be a PITA. I also cannot quite get a good single from my house in Virginia Beach, haven't put the boat in the water since Christmas when I got this, but test in my backyard have proven fruitless.