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Old 24 October 2010, 15:22   #11
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2 Licences are required, the SRC operators licence (for the operator) and a Maritime Mobile portable licence which will be issued with a "T" prefix call sign. The range well this depends on Ariel hight, you will not get six miles if you're in the water using it, however standin in a RiB with our M71's on 6w 6 -9 miles is not uncommon.
Super, i'm looking at going out about 6 to 7 miles to the world war forts off Herne Bay but didnt want to risk just relying on a mobile so wanted to get a vhf ready for next season to go out there.

Will look into the licences and where to get the training from one. Thanks.
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Old 24 October 2010, 15:25   #12
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Thanks so much for everything!

My club uses these:
http://www.force4.co.uk/5150/Cobra--...eld-Radio.html

Anyone know if you can get a belt clip for them?
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Old 24 October 2010, 15:27   #13
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The entry level standard horizon HX280 should be absolutely fine for what you've asked for. Roughly how far out will this be useful for? 5 - 6miles?
Essentially the range is going to be determined by the height of the "other" station. If you are talking to another handheld on a RIB then you'll probably not get as far as 6 miles reliably. If you're talking to a yacht with an aerial at the top of their mast you should manage OK. You should manage 6 miles to a coastguard mast - assuming there are no headlands/hills etc in the way.
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Also am i right in thinking we only need a licence from ofcom or do i need a certificate too, would only be for emergencies? Thanks
You need two bits of paper.

(1) a license for the boat/radio.

As I understand it if the boat has a valid license for a fixed radio then you can carry a handheld on that vessel without a further license. This would still cover you if you got off the main vessel onto a second boat (e.g. off a safety boat onto a dinghy) provided the main boat was still in the viscinity. If the main vessel doesn't have a fixed radio you need your own license - its free from Ofcom so no great issue.

(2) a license for the operator.

You'll need to do the RYA course. Technically if you are only ever transmitting in an emergency you might not, but you want to make sure you know how to use your radio properly before you find yourself trying to do it in the water! So it makes sense to use if sooner anyway - do you not discuss mark positions or safety boat instructions anyway?
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Thanks so much for everything!

My club uses these:
http://www.force4.co.uk/5150/Cobra--...eld-Radio.html

Anyone know if you can get a belt clip for them?
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tom, it looks like a belt clip in that picture above the charger? not sure if you can buy separately - if they are like the other Cobra radios I've had the misfortune to encounter they probably don't usually last long enough to need replacement clips!
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You need two bits of paper.

(1) a license for the boat/radio.

As I understand it if the boat has a valid license for a fixed radio then you can carry a handheld on that vessel without a further license. This would still cover you if you got off the main vessel onto a second boat (e.g. off a safety boat onto a dinghy) provided the main boat was still in the viscinity. If the main vessel doesn't have a fixed radio you need your own license - its free from Ofcom so no great issue.

(2) a license for the operator.

You'll need to do the RYA course. Technically if you are only ever transmitting in an emergency you might not, but you want to make sure you know how to use your radio properly before you find yourself trying to do it in the water! So it makes sense to use if sooner anyway - do you not discuss mark positions or safety boat instructions anyway?
Super, thanks for this. I'm fairly new to boating, well at any distance from shore anyway. So am just trying to establish exactly what i need and this helps no end. Will get a VHF licence sorted before buying one.
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if they are like the other Cobra radios I've had the misfortune to encounter they probably don't usually last long enough to need replacement clips!
thank you, Polwart: yes I think so :slightlyembarrassedsmile

May I ask why you don't find the Cobras durable?
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May I ask why you don't find the Cobras durable?
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My first handheld was a cheap cobra. Its rubbish! If you hold the casing tightly in the wrong place or bend the ariel slightly it starts transmitting (i.e. press the case and the ptt button gets activated even though you are not pressing it). I've also got experience of a fixed unit which was just out warranty when the screen became unreadable due to moisture ingress.

The Standard Horizon is the same price as your Cobras - but is much more robust, and by all accounts SH have a much better warranty support if required.
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Thank you: I must say I'd never considered the SH.
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Old 24 October 2010, 16:05   #19
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Dodgy?

Have just come across this: looks perfect.
It's from the USA, but I still reckon it'd be cheaper than buying it in the UK.
It's 2nd hand, but is there something else I'm missing here?
http://www.sailsmarine.com/ItemDetail.aspx?c=10996
Thanks so much,
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I'm not calling the makes mentioned but just to let you know that the battery life on the m71 is excellent and seems to last for ages before needing to be recharged .
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