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Old 14 June 2012, 15:59   #1
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vhf radio

hi was thinking of getting a vhf radio, just incase the day ever comes i need it. i have read you need a licence, but can you get away without one if its a hand held one ? if so anybody got one ?
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No, get a licence - the course is a bit tedious but there's stuff you need to know. You can get a hefty fine, although I've never met anyone who's had one.
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you need 2 types ,

certificate of competence ,.....
which usually takes a 1 or 2 day course to allow you to operate a vhf marine radio correctly,

Ships radio licence ,No test needed!
which is free !as long as you do it via the ofcom web site and you can print it off there and then unless you want to do it all by post and it will then cost you 20,,,for a hand held it used to come under (T)Transporable ,this allows you to carry a vhf radio set on your boat.
.http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radioc...s/ships-radio/
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Ark get your licence bud as Thomas said theres stuff you need to know. When I did mine was all done in a day, s'pose it was a little easier for me being used to radios (radio amateur) but I didn't know about using pan, pan or securitae, securitae, and what's more its nice to get your certificate back wiv your picture on.
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As above do the course, lots of previous discussions on this and some will say don't bother but the course is fun, easy and once you have the licence you have it for life. And as Bobh says it gives you a great feeling of achievement.

As for radio choice general consensus is go for a Standard Horizon (my preference) or an Icom. DSC is not essential but handy to have especially as the VHF course majors on it's use.
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thanks for the info everbody. think that sums it up, will start looking into course asap.

Big thanks " will check the link out "
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you need 2 types ,

certificate of competence ,.....
which usually takes a 1 or 2 day course to allow you to operate a vhf marine radio correctly,

Ships radio licence ,No test needed!
which is free !as long as you do it via the ofcom web site and you can print it off there and then unless you want to do it all by post and it will then cost you 20,,,for a hand held it used to come under (T)Transporable ,this allows you to carry a vhf radio set on your boat.
.Ofcom | Ship
I did a one day course & test in 2004. Cost was 70 all in, in a room above a pub
Has this now changed?
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I did a one day course & test in 2004. Cost was 70 all in, in a room above a pub
Has this now changed?
I did a one day course in May 2012 75 for the course 30 for the license. Proper little training room for 6 people, PC to simulate some radio functions and internally linked radios to talk to each other and practice the correct terminology/protocols.
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When you come to look for a handheld I can highly recommend something like the Standard Horizon HX290E, they are about 100 quid.

You can get marine radios for 50 pounds or so, but the saving is just not worth it as you can't rely on it when things go wrong.
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I recently borrowed a 50 Midland Atlantic for a trip - It is pretty naff and I'm glad I didn't buy one. The waterproof bag supplied was split the first time the owner used it. Its not very loud, a faff to change channels and the channel scanner is really slow and no dual watch. I've used better kids PMR radios.

I've researched the Standard Horizon HX290 and I would definitely get one if I went on the sea again. icoms are also well regarded, better for regular or hard use but are more expensive.
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