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Old 27 December 2013, 04:07   #1
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Hand held VHF Which one?

I'm looking at getting a hand held VHF as a back up.

Which is the most suitable?
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Old 27 December 2013, 04:33   #2
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Anything from Icom or Standard Horizon will do the job well, preferably a M91 or HX851 as they have full DSC capability.

Icom M91D and Standard Horizon HX851E
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I have both the Icom m91d (a dsc handheld) and the m23 (icoms entry level handheld). Both are really good radios and if either failed or got lost I would probably replace them with the same models again. Be aware dsc handhelds need charging more often than non dsc.

I've heard very good reports about Standard Horizon but never used one myself.
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Very happy with my HX851 (Had for 2 years) - having DSC capabilty clipped to your lifejacket to give an accruate GPS fix to the CG and surrounding boats at the push of a button when you really need help, is well worth the extra cost. I have a PLB too, but great to have such a capable backup vhf unit.
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Old 27 December 2013, 12:05   #5
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One that floats is a help as ive found out... Twice!!

Nemo is using mine somewhere around the needles!!
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Old 27 December 2013, 12:05   #6
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Thanks guys.

I'm in the Red Sea. Egyptian waters. There are no real emergency services and most vessels don't even have a VHF radio.

There are some quite substantial boats out here, liveaboard diving vessels with up 28 guests and 1 dozen crew and a VHF is only recommended not mandatory.

No chopper will come unless someone pays for it up front in cash. No private helicopters are allowed, only military.
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Thanks guys.

I'm in the Red Sea. Egyptian waters. There are no real emergency services and most vessels don't even have a VHF radio.

There are some quite substantial boats out here, liveaboard diving vessels with up 28 guests and 1 dozen crew and a VHF is only recommended not mandatory.

No chopper will come unless someone pays for it up front in cash. No private helicopters are allowed, only military.
Not much point in having a VHF then
Maybe a PLB would be more useful if it hits the fan
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Given the lack of radio use where you are why not just use a mobile then. When I worked out there (Sharm) we just rang our mates on other boats for assistance, never used the radio at all.

Even on the way out to the Thistlegorm when our engine stopped we just waited about 20 mins and another boat came along and towed us there, then back again. No one goes out when it get lumpy either.
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Doesn't sound like a VHF would be a great investment in these circumstances!
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Old 27 December 2013, 14:52   #10
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As I said I know very little but I've been reading.

A PLB is no use, Nobody will come. Mobile doesn't work in a lot of the areas, especially up the Gulf of Suez. A VHF will work up the gulf and there's a lot of international shipping.

A VHF may also work to shore, 20 miles or thereabouts from the boat's Radio and can be picked up by a hand held on the shore. If possible I can get a couple of hand helds and put them on the local boats when I'm out on the RHIB. It's me that I'm worried about
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