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Old 24 October 2010, 14:48   #1
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HandHeld VHF

Doing a lot of Rescue/Mark Laying work (seems to involve hopping from RIB to RIB far too much for my liking!)

Looking for a decent handheld VHF, must be waterproof (ie "jump into the water to save a small child and still be able to use the radio afterwards" waterproof, rather than "resists a few gentle trickles" waterproof)
Not bothered about DSC.
Would prefer an illuminating screen, but not particularly bothered.
MUST have a belt clip (i know it's a weird one, but I prefer things clipped to bouyancy aid - never round my neck :shudder)
Would prefer it to be around the 100 mark (preferably the right side of 100 - i'm a student!)

Any advice on where to start looking?
Thanks in advance,
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Old 24 October 2010, 14:53   #2
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I recomend the Icom m71 6watts and it has all you asked for exept the price maybe an extra 50-60 quid but worth it .
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Old 24 October 2010, 14:58   #3
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Doing a lot of Rescue/Mark Laying work (seems to involve hopping from RIB to RIB far too much for my liking!)

Looking for a decent handheld VHF, must be waterproof (ie "jump into the water to save a small child and still be able to use the radio afterwards" waterproof, rather than "resists a few gentle trickles" waterproof)
Not bothered about DSC.
Would prefer an illuminating screen, but not particularly bothered.
MUST have a belt clip (i know it's a weird one, but I prefer things clipped to bouyancy aid - never round my neck :shudder)
Would prefer it to be around the 100 mark (preferably the right side of 100 - i'm a student!)

Any advice on where to start looking?
Thanks in advance,
Tom
The entry level standard horizon HX280 should be absolutely fine for what you've asked for. That said if you are genuinely leaping around alot then I'd suggest that belt clips can, and do, fail and I'd want a floating unit (something like the HX751) but beware the floating units generally have a shorter battery life.

The equivalent ICOMs are also generally well regarded. Apart from Entel (which is likely outside your budget) I'd probably avoid most other makes for what you require.
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Old 24 October 2010, 15:00   #4
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2nd vote for the M71 had our 2 years now been soaked a few times and they are still going strong!! also have a good bettery life too
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Old 24 October 2010, 15:04   #5
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[QUOTE=Polwart;375738] 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? 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
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I think its law to hold a short range certificate for any vhf radio being transmitted, and 6 watts is roughly 6 miles .
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I think its law to hold a short range certificate for any vhf radio being transmitted, and 6 watts is roughly 6 miles .
Ok thats perfect for me too then, just need to sort out a certficate then. Thanks.
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can't fault the M71, we have one in the grab bag.
Yes, you still need a short range cert "technically"
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can't fault the M71, we have one in the grab bag.
Yes, you still need a short range cert "technically"
I take it the technically bit would be, only use it in an emergency and then you probably wont get prosecuted as its a genuine emergency, but to be safe better off having one????
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I think its law to hold a short range certificate for any vhf radio being transmitted, and 6 watts is roughly 6 miles .
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.
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