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Old 03 August 2013, 06:14   #1
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Need a VHF

I'm a SIBer and hope at some stage to be taking to the sea, but need to first collect the mandatory sea-faring equipment set...one of which is of course a VHF radio.

My friend (a HAM enthusiast) has this for sale:

Two Way Radio KG-679E

He wants 40 for it, boxed, unused and brand new together with the programming cable - is this suitable for marine use, i.e. does it have the appropriate frequency? I'm aware that its not entirely waterproof but this doesn't worry me as it can sit inside a waterproof bag etc.
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Illegal to use as a marine radio.. in addition it annotates by frequence hot Channel No.. you would need to know each channel No and its Frequency in mhz!! to select that channel !!
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Because of the frequencies that set will run at you'll need an aerial that about 30 foot high to get the SWR right
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Sergent, I'd look at doing the PB2 and VHF course before you go any further.
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By the time you've bought a decent waterproof bag for it you'd be as well getting a very slightly more expensive cheap waterproof h/h thats designed for the marine environment.

Ignoring the legalities of the set. You can probably program channels into that but you wont get easy features like pressing 16 and being taken straight to 16. When the sh1t is hitting the fan you'll want that feature.
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Thanks all, definitely won't be buying that set then!

Is there a budget set that you could recommend? I will rarely out of the marina/canal areas, therefore only really want one for emergencies with the most basic functionality at low cost (a long way below 100 if possible).
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Remember you need to do the VHF course *before* you can legally use it (and it will teach you how to use it properly) but as I say (and presuming you are new to boats) it really would be best to do the PB2 before you go any further - definitely if you plan on going to sea. Factor in the cost of this. See Whisper's current topic for which VHF to buy.
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Remember you need to do the VHF course *before* you can legally use it (and it will teach you how to use it properly) but as I say (and presuming you are new to boats) it really would be best to do the PB2 before you go any further - definitely if you plan on going to sea. Factor in the cost of this. See Whisper's current topic for which VHF to buy.
I do understand this Max, but I'll still need a device, and a budget one (not the type that Whisper is looking for).
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So for reliability people say Standard Horizon or Icom. I've seen more posts about issues with Icom than SH. Assuming you understand what DSC is and what you are turning down then I agree for a budget purchase thats not what Whisper is after.
You'll get a standard horizon 280 for under 100.

Cobra is a lower end of the market radio, although I've not heard much bad about their newer kit. You can get a HH125 for about 50 but its not waterproof and not one of the newer ones. The HH475 is the one I've not ehard bad stuff about, but I can't see a decent price anywhere at the moment. Worth keeping an eye out as I'm sure there were places doign them for about 90 recently.
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Cobra is a lower end of the market radio, although I've not heard much bad about their newer kit. .
I assumed that was because people were so fed up with the tat they produced that nobody bought it any more.
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