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Old 15 December 2012, 14:49   #11
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RE contacting the wife

- thanks for pointing that out! I was typing as I was I'd always have some form of VHF onboard both in case I have an emergency, and so I can hear broadcasts from others, but for the original question, a cheap throw away mobile phone sounds like the best, and probably the cheapest, option for contacting the wife!

-------- don't mind the wife. What about the girlfriend ????????
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Old 15 December 2012, 14:59   #12
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Thanks. Logistically, it would have been easier on the one rugged waterproof device and keeping the phone safe in its waterproof bag under the bench. Not worth getting the phone out unless 100% necessary.

Was hoping that could have used a VHF marine channel or unlicenced PMR on same device for ship to shore - it only needed to be a one way communication to request assistance to get the boat out of the water a few minutes earlier than having to wait till I got to the slip - and having to leave the boat unattended whilst I get assistance. The comment about making tea was facetious if anyone didn't realise
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Old 15 December 2012, 17:56   #13
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The other option not considered was to declare the missus a Powerboat Club and she can get a licence to use M1/37A ;-)

Cheaper to get that spare cheap PAYG Mobile! Actually its still going to be cheaper to do that no matter what as I assume the Ball and Chain already has a phone. Any PMR /VHF solution needs her to have an extra radio at her end.
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Old 15 December 2012, 19:14   #14
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I have several VHF sets - 2 metre amateur - that do marine band as well, and use them in our vehicles (the Mrs has a legit requirement due to her job, but the reality is that nobody much gives a f round here anyway!).

You can unlock/widen any Icom or similar handheld or base set (mine are mostly Icom IC2100/IC2200 base sets) but I'm not sure how - UK ones are restricted to 144-148 MHz but export ones like mine will do 136-174MHz. However none are waterproof so would either need an Aquapac for a handheld or a boat with a roof for a base set.
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Old 16 December 2012, 02:52   #15
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We already have a radio that can pick up marine weather channels et al so just need the ability to signal her via that. Don't need the 2-way bit as I can see if she has heard or not.
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Not sure about the frequency in Europe, but my handheld VHF has FRS in it that works for a couple of miles. I have even driven miles up canyons at a lake and had it work.
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Since my only fully waterproof radio is VHF, while drift diving rivers we have used the VHF to arrange pickups...with the truck. Just uh...stand in the river waiting for the call.
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Thats exactly the sort of thing that I want to do. A rugged device for wet and knocks and keep the phone safely packed away for failover duty only.
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FRS is the American equivalent of PMR. Slight frequency difference.

But you seemed to want DSC on it too... ...just don't think anyone has done that!
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Well I'm getting ready for next year with the new boat. Haven't decided on what vhf yet. Cheap or DSC - the DSC would be a bit of a toy for what I want to do which will be river use or close to the mouth of the harbour - I could get out and walk back in some states of the tide. Was somewhat surprised that PMR on a non DSC unit pushed it in to DSC price range - its the price of dsc that is making me think twice about going that route but im still inclined to go that route by unknown future use.
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Well I'm getting ready for next year with the new boat. Haven't decided on what vhf yet. Cheap or DSC - the DSC would be a bit of a toy for what I want to do which will be river use or close to the mouth of the harbour - I could get out and walk back in some states of the tide. Was somewhat surprised that PMR on a non DSC unit pushed it in to DSC price range - its the price of dsc that is making me think twice about going that route but im still inclined to go that route by unknown future use.
Get the dsc...when or if you need it in anger nothing about the cost will matter..

equally handy 200 metres off shore as five miles.
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