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Old 25 September 2015, 12:06   #11
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Wow!
This is getting technical.
I'm toying with the idea of connecting my h.h to an external antenna.
I think the consensus is that this would increase my range.
Also having a look at 2nd hand fixed VHF as well as I may well purchase one 2nd hand and rig it up instead.
Anyone know how long (on average) .a fixed VHF SET would last on standby rigged to a 7ah battery
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Old 25 September 2015, 12:18   #12
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Anyone know how long (on average) .a fixed VHF SET would last on standby rigged to a 7ah battery
An SH GX1100E claims to draw:
Standby: 0.3A
Receive: 1.0A
Transmit: 5.5A (Hi); 1.5A ( Lo)

Assuming your battery is fully charged and you don't want to drain it below 50% you'll get 11+ hrs on standby. 3.5 hrs on receive or about 30 min transmit on Full power. Bearing in mind that if in distress you will really want that last option I would be looking at a slightly bigger battery.
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Thanks for that Poly.
I've got a 14ah and a 20ah battery as well that I use for lamping foxes.
Think the 14ah would suffice the 20ah is a beast.
I'm going to keep an eye out for a 2nd hand fixed VHF.
The hand held is permanently clipped to me when I'm out in the sea .
Would be nice to have a bit more range with a fixed set for peace of mind.
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Thanks for that Poly.
I've got a 14ah and a 20ah battery as well that I use for lamping foxes.
Think the 14ah would suffice the 20ah is a beast.
I'm going to keep an eye out for a 2nd hand fixed VHF.
The hand held is permanently clipped to me when I'm out in the sea .
Would be nice to have a bit more range with a fixed set for peace of mind.
That's a good arrangement. If your engine has a lighting circuit you could be laughing, but I run a 20Ah on mine (charged off the engine and electric start!) and I feel much happier this year with fixed than handheld (and as you keep the h/held on myself so I still have it if I am no longer in the boat!). You'd get a really cheap fixed unit without DSC I do like the idea of a the big red button and certainly I am happier that the wife/kids would make that work than remember to change to 16 etc in a panic.
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Thanks for that Poly.
I've got a 14ah and a 20ah battery as well that I use for lamping foxes.
Think the 14ah would suffice the 20ah is a beast.
I'm going to keep an eye out for a 2nd hand fixed VHF.
The hand held is permanently clipped to me when I'm out in the sea .
Would be nice to have a bit more range with a fixed set for peace of mind.
For piece of mind kaman why not get a PLB as a back up system if line of sight for the radio is blocked or no one in your area or out of range.
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The PLB is something else I have been considering.
They have come down in price - could be something for Santa time!
This year has seen me set further afield in my Sib.
Been around lots of Scottish Islands this year camping and walking.
Went a few group outing, a few times with my daft mate, but mostly on my lonesome.
You do feel very small out in the blue yonder miles from civilisation.
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