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Old 18 August 2014, 15:36   #1
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handheld vhf

Now i know i should have a vhf but dont.... I thinkthis autumn i'll do the course and will need a radio, my time on the water is limited so i need a "good value" item, Last time i went for a decent run with my iphone in a "dry" bag it cost me 50 to get it working again.... so a second hand vhf for around 50 would be a good deal.....

Looked at Lowrance Link-2 Floating Waterproof DSC VHF with GPS - Only 179.95 - Force 4 Chandlery but its more than i want to spend what with 80 for the course and Ofcom registration.... ? so where do you find a good condition used VHF? Oh and as the battery willprobably knackered a replacement?


Also apart from calling for help and lock access and weather anythign else you can do with them?
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I would go for this one its a well proven piece of kit

Icom M71 Waterproof VHF Radio + FREE 12V Cable - Only 169.95 - Force 4 Chandlery
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I would go for this one its a well proven piece of kit

Icom M71 Waterproof VHF Radio + FREE 12V Cable - Only 169.95 - Force 4 Chandlery
Agreed we've had them for years now. Although for the extra coup[le of Id recommend a DSC set our SH HX 851 is great.
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Now i know i should have a vhf but dont.... I thinkthis autumn i'll do the course and will need a radio, my time on the water is limited so i need a "good value" item, Last time i went for a decent run with my iphone in a "dry" bag it cost me 50 to get it working again.... so a second hand vhf for around 50 would be a good deal.....

Looked at Lowrance Link-2 Floating Waterproof DSC VHF with GPS - Only 179.95 - Force 4 Chandlery but its more than i want to spend what with 80 for the course and Ofcom registration.... ? so where do you find a good condition used VHF? Oh and as the battery willprobably knackered a replacement?


Also apart from calling for help and lock access and weather anythign else you can do with them?
Just have a read through all the similar threads, the general consensus is buy cheap, buy twice. Especially when it comes to handhelds.
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Thinking a secondhand icom is a better buy than a cobra..... from reading here (I know Icom are THE name in handhelds) Might be able to get one through work, but probably like most things cheaper on the interweb...
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Standard Horizon are also recommended, and less expensive than Icom.
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Ofcom licence is free if apply online, so that bit is good news.

Bad news is there is probably an exam fee above the course fee.

Why handheld? Are you on a SIB or a RIB? 4 times more power than a HH with a fixed set. No flat battery. 4 times power transmits twice distance. Taller aerial could also get you further. 5miles vs 20...

I'd choose both. But that means I'd be happy for the HH to not have DSC (although if anyone wants to give me a DSC set I won't complain...)

DO NOT buy a cobra that us IPX4 rated. there are people on here who don't rate the IPX7 cobra either but it wouldn't be worse than useless... Especially if you plan to upgrade to fixed in future and want a spare. That said shop round and u should find an ICOM or SH for little extra.

Some things to think about... Batteries. Lithium far better than NmH. If you can swap over for AA batteries that's good. Charging... Does it come with 12v lead? Can it be on and charge? Is it waterproof when charging? The latest ones use Mini/Micro USB to charge which you probably already have for phones etc... Easy to source if not...

Speaker under water... Need to shake free...

Can you replay speech.

HH DSC ... Do you need it? If so do you really need a PLB...? A HH at water level... 6miles maybe... Is there a mast or other boat in range...
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Reason for handheld is use is on a small RIB no easy mounting or power, or use on a PWC Thats the reason for HH, fixed is better but impractical.....

I have found a course for 80+ 60 fee or 125 inc fee Does the RYA do a member discount on the Exam fee?
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Reason for handheld is use is on a small RIB no easy mounting or power, or use on a PWC Thats the reason for HH, fixed is better but impractical.....

I have found a course for 80+ 60 fee or 125 inc fee Does the RYA do a member discount on the Exam fee?
Nope - no discount, Make sure the price includes the VHF Handbook too...

I do RYA SRC VHF Radio online course 69 including book, sit exam at local centre 60..

RYA SRC VHF Marine Radio Course

My face to face RYA SRC VHF courses are 4 max. on course, includes book , refreshments and lunch!

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I'm sure that the SH are very good but I have never owned one so I can't really give any advice on them, but I have had my icom M71 for 5 or 6 years now and the battery life is excellent.

When away for the weekends I charge it up the Thurs night to take with me and when I get back home on the Sunday I leave the radio switched on with the volume on low to completely run the battery out.

This usually takes 3 days, then when its flat I always disconnect the battery from the unit then put it away until next time.

Doing this has kept it in tip top condition and it has served me well and always lasts like from the first day I got it. p.s. I forgot to mention I always give it a good rinse with fresh water.
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