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Old 16 October 2008, 16:58   #1
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Hand held VHF

The last time I used one of these they weren't that good. But it's a few years back now.
Are there any on the market that are a good replacement for a fixed unit?
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There are some very good units on the market. Try Icom, or my favourite - Standard Horizon. However, I would say that they would be better considered good additions to a fixed set rather than a replacement (no DSC, less power, etc)
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Many handhelds have DSC now. The floating waterproof ones are particularly attractive.
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Many handhelds have DSC now.
They don't here.
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Many handhelds have DSC now. The floating waterproof ones are particularly attractive.
I don't think there are any UK approved DSC h/helds and certainly none with a built in gps which IMHO is a key feature of DSC for distress calling.

The Standard Horizons are generally well regarded on here.

If you have (1) a battery; (2) space on/in your console; (3) somewhere sensible to put an ariel (like an a-frame) then fixed is probably preferable. Not sure how much difference you will see in range from a handheld compared to a fixed unless you can get an ariel high up.

Cost does work out about 2x as much for a similar quality fixed unit (with ariel etc) as a hand held.
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I've just bought an Icom M71. Very small with very few buttons and waterproof to IPX8 for 130. It's got some really handy features like channel identification and pre-programmed squelch settings.

The price of hand helds has come down so much recently theres not much excuse for not having one really
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I think thats all relative. If you are spending 200 a day on fuel then the cost of a hand held is insignificant. If you are at the other end of the spectrum and can spend a whole day on the water for 20 quid then a hand held is still a significant investment. Especially if you also want a fixed unit, a gps, etc. Its easy for me to see why people boating on a budget just never get round to it.
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I think thats all relative. If you are spending 200 a day on fuel then the cost of a hand held is insignificant. If you are at the other end of the spectrum and can spend a whole day on the water for 20 quid then a hand held is still a significant investment. Especially if you also want a fixed unit, a gps, etc. Its easy for me to see why people boating on a budget just never get round to it.
You can pick up an H/H for 70 these days, about the same price as a basic lifejacket. If your MOB on your own its money well spent. Not to mention its other uses eg back-up to your fixed unit, communicating to your shore party etc. If your really strapped for cash then buy the H/H and the put the fixed on your xmas list
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I think it will be my only option until I get an Aframe fitted.
Was looking at one of these Icom IC M71
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I think it will be my only option until I get an Aframe fitted.
Was looking at one of these Icom IC M71

No doubt a great VHF but so is tha HX270e - and it's a lot cheaper!!!
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