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Old 08 October 2009, 09:58   #1
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Handheld - What do you want?

My No.2 son is at Plymouth Uni doing a design degree.
This terms project is a communication device. He has choosen to look at marine handheld radios & mobile phones.

Now, if you had a wish list AND could combine them both into a single unit or two units, that could combine whilst at sea, what would you want??

Size? Functions? Compatibility? ........?

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First thoughts would be handheld VHF and GPS in one (sorry if this has already been done). For most boat owners the handheld is a back up for emergency use. If you had to abandon ship and you could contact the CG using DSC on your handheld then you would have a better fighting chance.

Smaller yet better performing antenna, idiot proof controls. And wifi that can communicate to the boats electronics when roaming on a larger craft.
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I don't think that combining a VHF and GPS in one unit will get approval for use in he UK.

I believe Standard Horizon produce a fixed set that combines both functions and are not allowed to sell it in the UK.

Stand back whilst somebody proves me wrong

I'll have a think about the original question and post later.

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External mic facility

Battery Life

Big screen

Chunky Knobs and buttons

Strong method of attachment to jacket

EPIRB

Buoyancy

Buoyancy

Buoyancy
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Water proof to go with the buoyancy, big keys and simple features and a clear bright screen.

My SH has a feature where it will emit SOS in morse via a bright LED, it floats on its back when in the water so may prove useful one day....
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combined VHF and mobile phone ?
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Yeh id say VHF and Epirb combined would be good. Would lighten the lifejacket

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combined VHF and mobile phone ?
Yes that was his thinking. Particularly aimed at the RIB/day fisher market.

Could be a single unit doing both functions or a handheld radio, that you could integrate/slot a phone into, to become a single waterproof unit.
If it were an Iphone, you might then even have a GPS/navigation app, showing a chart of position ....
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combined VHF and mobile phone ?
I'd end up ringing our lass on ch16 and asking what was for tea!
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External mic facility

Battery Life

Big screen

Chunky Knobs and buttons

Strong method of attachment to jacket

EPIRB

Buoyancy

Buoyancy

Buoyancy
and buoyancy, water proof also a light and a really loud speaker
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