Review of Uniden Atlantis 250 Handheld VHF Radio

We bought a Uniden Atlantis 250 handheld VHF radio at the 2008 Vancouver boat show. We bought the radio as we wanted a hand held to use from the dinghy or in an emergency. We’ve had good reception with the radio. The battery holds a charge well. It has been wet many times without any problems. And finally, we accidentally baked it in our oven for ten minutes at 350f and it is still working fine, though it probably isn’t waterproof anymore. All this for a radio available well under C$100.

Notice the melted antenna and the melt above the Uniden logo.
We’re really impressed and recommend this radio and its manufacturer.

4 Comments

  1. funny, what about the smell of everything?

    who was the genius?

    what frequencies and what power?

    thanks

    my Yaesu VX-7R ham transceiver an awful lot more expensive, floats? and waterproof.

    Would not think of baking it.

    Your Battery not dead?! It did not explode?!

  2. thanks for the reference, I looked it up. No batteries were in it I take it, hence the boat did not blow up.

    You sure you two should be sailing big time if things like this happen.

    nice picture of you

    love

    bon voyage

  3. I guess that I was not clear. The batteries were in the radio when it was baked. I took the radio out of the oven, cooled it for twenty minutes, then tested it and it still transmits and receives properly. I did not change the batteries or anything, it just keeps on working.

    The more observant readers will also notice the word accidentally immediately before baked. The radio was in the oven to limit damage in case of a lightning strike, and I forgot to remove it when I preheated the oven for banana bread.

  4. There must be better ways of protecting a radio for lighting strikes.