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Old 03 August 2013, 08:44   #11
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im an icom fan firstly, but would consider a standard horizon. in the past ive had a couple of cobra radios and they have been fine - a little chunky but easy to use and reliable.
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Old 03 August 2013, 10:36   #12
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I have an Icom M23 which i think is their entry level H/H set, and I have been very pleased with it. Transmits nice and clearly, easy to use, floats, flashes so you can find it when you drop it in the water in the dark, very good battery life.

If I lost it I would buy another Icom, probably the same model. I have heard good reports on Standard Horizon too, but have never used one myself.
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Old 03 August 2013, 10:53   #13
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first rule of physics and vhf handhelds...buy one that is not waterproof and it will, not may, find its way into the drainwell of a rib or a puddle in a sib at the earliest opportunity. If it cant manage that you will drop it into the water. Buy a waterproof one and it will behave itself impeccably and never get wet!
Second rule...buy cheap and you'll buy twice!
been there and done it over the years. We have two Icoms at present, had them for years, no problems at all.
My last coastguard h/h radio was an Icom...went thru rain, snow, lovely goooey sticky smelly mud, and has also been over the side of the boat. Washed off with the hosepipe and good as new, unlike me
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also been over the side of the boat. Washed off with the hosepipe and good as new, unlike me
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Alot of talk about needing a licence, not sure if it's due to my location,but before I bothered doing any formal courses it was never a problem.

Indeed, a course would help improve your confidence, and you would know what to say, but you can find out what to say in a RYA book/SMCP manual, and confidence is built by practise and experiance.

I think it's more importan to carry a VHF wthout a licence than not carry a VHF because you don't have a licence.
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Old 03 August 2013, 15:02   #16
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@miccheck1516 generally people who are unlicenced are more reluctant to speak to authorities (Coastguard, Port Control etc). That means when something goes wrong they wait a bit longer before seeking assistance.

In addition they may not have all the bits to hand.

Course is not that expensive.

I agree - better to have it than not, but much better to fell you are allowed to use it before things get proper messy.
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This is going to sound a bit arsy but If you've never been to sea (especially UK waters) before then not doing at least PB2 before venturing out in a boat is not the best idea IMHO. Just like you cannot (legally) drive a car or ride a motorbike on the public roads. Doing the VHF course is just common sense let alone a legal responsibility. I also really enjoyed the VHF course, doing it with a bunch of others in simulated situations is a lot different to reading from a book. Similarly the PB2 is a lot of fun and will really give you confidence as well as teaching you the basic rules of the road and so much more besides.
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Old 03 August 2013, 16:26   #18
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I do understand this Max, but I'll still need a device, and a budget one (not the type that Whisper is looking for).
Have a quick gander at this, I'm not saying they are right but they seem to rate the cobra

The 10 Best Handheld VHF Radios - uk.boats.com

I went for the icom dsc but only because it will get used, a lot

My old handheld will be in the for sale section soon along with a handheld GPS and water proof vhf case to offset some of the cost of the new vhf
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This is going to sound a bit arsy but If you've never been to sea (especially UK waters) before then not doing at least PB2 before venturing out in a boat is not the best idea IMHO. Just like you cannot (legally) drive a car or ride a motorbike on the public roads. Doing the VHF course is just common sense let alone a legal responsibility. I also really enjoyed the VHF course, doing it with a bunch of others in simulated situations is a lot different to reading from a book. Similarly the PB2 is a lot of fun and will really give you confidence as well as teaching you the basic rules of the road and so much more besides.
He didn't say he's not doing the courses. He said even when he has the ticket he needs the kit to use...

Now some may say do the course and you'll learn the pro's and con's of different kit, others will say if you know what kit you have you'll make sure you understand its options when on the course (lets face it if you are on a fixed VHF you probably dont care about power settings 25W will be just fine. On HH 1W will save your battery...)
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This is going to sound a bit arsy
yup but then I probobly do too!

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but If you've never been to sea (especially UK waters) before then not doing at least PB2 before venturing out in a boat is not the best idea IMHO.
yeah, cause PB2 makes you a master mariner .... IMO any one with an ounce of common sense could pass a PB2 course with their eyes closed.

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Just like you cannot (legally) drive a car or ride a motorbike on the public roads.
but it's not just like that, because you can legally take whatever you want on the water without any sort of lisence, that is part of the beauty of boating.

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doing it with a bunch of others in simulated situations is a lot different to reading from a book.
precisley why I mentioned practice and experiance.

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Similarly the PB2 is a lot of fun and will really give you confidence as well as teaching you the basic rules of the road and so much more besides.
yeah, or you could just learn the rules of the road rather than spending money on a certificate that tells you you know the rules of the road....

Meh, I just don't get the hype about PB2 here, the very fact a 12 year old can get it (and I can assure you younger kids could if the RYA didn't proclude them on the basis of age) kinda says it all for me...

and before anyone asks, yes I did the PB2 course!


I'm not saying go out and wing it, i'm just saying a cerficate doesn't mean your safe to go on the water, Plenty of muppets have PB2 certificates....
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