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Open water safety

For many years I have kayaked down big rivers, little rivers, lakes, even ponds. I have paddled around the Chesapeake Bay and East coast, but always stayed close to the shore. Now I'm going to get adventurous and I will be venturing much further from shore in the ocean where ships and pleasure boats prey on small kayaks. I posted a discussion about radar reflectors and got mixed responses. Is there an electronic version of a radar reflector that does not have to be mounted up high in order to work? Maybe something like a personal EPIRB, but that works like a radar reflector? Also any thoughts on the best waterproof handheld? Garmin VHF725?