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Old 17 October 2008, 19:45   #31
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Sausages still look like they're holding up nicely Still happy with them?
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Old 17 October 2008, 20:20   #32
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Old 19 October 2008, 17:30   #33
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its quite common for people to asume that all handhelds max power is 5 watts ,when quite a lot are only giving out about 3 watts max power ,i run my hand held on both of my boats sib and hard fishing boat through fixed antenni, and what a difference it makes both on reciving and transmitting .
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But you're last point is rather important. 5W should be enough for the sort of range that someone (especially someone new) would take a 4m rib off the coast.
Simply "off the coast" is not the problem. It would be if the CG antennae were placed, say, every 5 miles, but they're not. They're much more widely spaced, usually on hilltops. So even if you're only 3 miles offshore, you may need to transmit 25 miles or more to be heard. More power is a good thing when you actually need it.

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i run my hand held on both of my boats sib and hard fishing boat through fixed antenni, and what a difference it makes both on reciving and transmitting .
Does your handheld have a seperate input for an external aerial or do you un-screw the built in antenna and replace with an external?
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Does your handheld have a seperate input for an external aerial or do you un-screw the built in antenna and replace with an external?
yes i remove the short rubber one then i have the same fitting on the fixed wire a b.n.c .connector . its a 3 second job swapping aeriels over .
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Just to confirm a few points:-

There are, at this time, no DSC handhelds approved for use anywhere in the EU. There are a number of set that do have DSC for use outside the EU. Standard Horzion have 2 now I think inc a version of the new floating radio.

The new Standard Horizon floating radio is not 5w it is 6w and can take a speaker mic or head set. There is anoher version due soon that has bluetooth built in and will come with a waterproof headset inc!! This will be approved for UK/EU use.

When buying a radio a good indication of how good it is will be the warranty it comes with. Most of the good makes now come with 3 year warranty!!
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My Icom M71 says it has DSC, 6W, waterproof and comes with a 3 year warranty.
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My Icom M71 says it has DSC, 6W, waterproof and comes with a 3 year warranty.

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