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Old 03 January 2007, 08:16   #1
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Cobra or Yaesu?

Looking at a handheld VHF, waterproof.

Two options:

Cobra at £89.99 from Mailspeed

Standard Horizon @ £99.99 from Mailspeed

I'm thinking I'll pay the extra and get the Yaesu (Standard Horizon - why do they call it that??) any comments on the Cobra?

I know it may be a whisker cheaper elsewhere but I have used Mailspeed in the past and they know how to send stuff to the Falklands and will post VAT-free which is worthwhile!

Bit curious as to the web page on the HX270 though - it says it has a 110V charger, surely they aren't dozy enough to supply a US spec charger with a radio sold in the UK??

Also what is the difference between an HX270E and an HX270S and the HX270W/P which seems to be on sale here with a sensible charger?
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Old 03 January 2007, 08:26   #2
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Looking at a handheld VHF, waterproof.

Two options:

Cobra at £89.99 from Mailspeed

Standard Horizon @ £99.99 from Mailspeed

I'm thinking I'll pay the extra and get the Yaesu (Standard Horizon - why do they call it that??) any comments on the Cobra?

I know it may be a whisker cheaper elsewhere but I have used Mailspeed in the past and they know how to send stuff to the Falklands and will post VAT-free which is worthwhile!

Bit curious as to the web page on the HX270 though - it says it has a 110V charger, surely they aren't dozy enough to supply a US spec charger with a radio sold in the UK??

Also what is the difference between an HX270E and an HX270S and the HX270W/P which seems to be on sale here with a sensible charger?
I have the cobra's baby brother (only manages 2 watt maximum power). Quite frankly it is a piece of crap (nothing to do with the comms as they have never really been tested in anger) - but the engineering is such that it has a tendency to turn itself on... haven't really worked out why - but it works better if you loosen the screws on the casing - comprimising the waterproofing (which is minimal anyway).

The extra £10 IMHO would be a good investment.
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Old 03 January 2007, 09:23   #3
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Pretty set on the Yaesu anyway I think - but not at all sure on the differences.

Is there an idiots guide somewhere to the different channels i.e. USA or International marine band - I'm not even sure what we use! almost certainly same as the UK.
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Happy New Year Stephen!

I personally have the Icom M1euroV but I've used the Standard Horizon and found it to be fine. Transmission and reception was clear and the radio is easy to use.

I believe that the cobra is much better than it's baby brother that polwart talks about, but the cobra name isn't as well respected as Standard Horizon.

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I'd personally choose the STD Horizon. Really easy to use and I actually prefer some of the features to my mounted Icom M421. Comes bundled with drop in cradle that works with either the 12V lead or mains adapter. Also comes with AA case that takes 6AA alkaline batts if necessary. Not sure what cobra comes with.

you can get std horizon for £90 (same price as cobra) from a few places e.g.

http://www.marine-super-store.com/po...artno=99110680

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I think you should give the Cobra a miss. The few that I've seen look like toys.
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Is there an idiots guide somewhere to the different channels i.e. USA or International marine band - I'm not even sure what we use! almost certainly same as the UK.
http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk...f_channels.htm

gives you UK channel allocations. Channels themsleves are "standard" internationally - except for a few (usually quite useful!) local variations. As I understand it the main difference is that the USA/Canada operate more of the channels in Simplex only.

This looks as though it has the differences:

http://www.panix.com/clay/scanning/F...arine-vhf.html
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Thanks no major differences then, didn't see how there could be as ships travel all over the world!

I've never understood how the duplex channels work, if you are both transmitting on one channel and receiving on the other, neither of you will hear anything - they need to be swapped around to get anywhere. Doesn't matter to me anyway, the main ones I will use will be 9 (our company uses that) and 16 for calling, also 10, 11 and 12 might be useful, 67 and 72 and that is all.
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