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Old 07 October 2010, 16:38   #1
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Advice on Handheld VHF

I am looking around for a new handheld VHF that floats. I see that some now do these with built in DSC and even gps.

Anyone got one to suggest the best type/value. I have ICOMs presently but open to ideas
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Old 07 October 2010, 17:38   #2
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Just upgraded my Standard Horizon to the HX851E. Been very pleased with previous version, but like the new features. Floats and has the features you mention and Cactus seem to have a good price at the moment
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I'd considered a floating set, but came to the conclusion that it would be best to have the H/H attached to my lifejacket at all times anyway (If I was to be ejected for the boat etc), in which case floating wasn't neccesary.....use a lanyard at the moment, but when I was in a city pub recently saw the staff using a retractable lanyard system which clipped to their belt....for opening the till.....

Somethig like that would work well as there isn't any hanging line to catch, I guess the main issue would be the mechanism jamming with salt etc....Could this be my dragons den moment???? possibly not....
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Icom m33 works for me - especially with the hand mike.
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I'd considered a floating set, but came to the conclusion that it would be best to have the H/H attached to my lifejacket at all times anyway (If I was to be ejected for the boat etc), in which case floating wasn't neccesary.....use a lanyard at the moment, but when I was in a city pub recently saw the staff using a retractable lanyard system which clipped to their belt....for opening the till.....

Somethig like that would work well as there isn't any hanging line to catch, I guess the main issue would be the mechanism jamming with salt etc....Could this be my dragons den moment???? possibly not....
You'll find salt proof retractable lanyards in most dive shops
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Can someone throw some more light on DSC issues with hand helds. I had a conversation today with a chandler and we hit on a possibly snag of DSC on a handheld. Clearly they have to have an MMSI number and be registered, but there is my problem ( I think) as if I use this type I have to register to a given boat so when I use a selection of craft this would create mayhem if I ever deployed the DSC on a handheld as the registration could say Yellow hulled boat when in fact on that day I could be on a blue boat? Am I right in this assessment?
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I thought the mmsi number was specifically for a portable dsc handheld,ie for the person not the craft your on, On my ships radio license it has 2 boxes 1 for portable and one for standard mmsi, I only have a portable mmsi number.but i could be wrong!
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SH for me the battery connections st longer than the Icms. go compare the two makes and look at the mechanical contact between the battery and device and see which one you think will last longer.

I know the SH are quite for giving when dropped, but then all my kit has to be
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Can someone throw some more light on DSC issues with hand helds. I had a conversation today with a chandler and we hit on a possibly snag of DSC on a handheld. Clearly they have to have an MMSI number and be registered, but there is my problem ( I think) as if I use this type I have to register to a given boat so when I use a selection of craft this would create mayhem if I ever deployed the DSC on a handheld as the registration could say Yellow hulled boat when in fact on that day I could be on a blue boat? Am I right in this assessment?
No you should get an MMSI issued from Ofcom specific to a handheld, rather than using the same (or some other ship's) MMSI. Also the MMSI database doesn't directly provide information such as hull colour anyway - this requires the CG to take the data from the MMSI number and look it up on CG66 which I am sure an insider suggested here was not as quick as we might all assume (and you could probably add notes to your CG66 to say any associated MMSI no was a handheld and may be on a different vessel).
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