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Old 17 April 2012, 15:24   #11
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Hello

I have the HX581E and it's a great bit of kit to keep on you. Do see the VHF radio thread suggested, as that gives you a wider perspective.

I can see why unless you'd been in an emergency situation, DSC may seem of little use, but being able to get a precise first emergency call out in a few seconds, without needing to read a chart and speak coordinates is a big plus in my book.

I'd say well worth the extra cash - do shop around as there's some variation in price.

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Old 17 April 2012, 15:29   #12
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Just to add,

If you decide to go for the Standard Horizon HX851 then make sure it has the letter E after the 851.

This means that it is the European version not the international one.

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Thanks for all the replies chaps, it really has helped. I am going to go for the HX851E as it ticks all the boxes, even though in reality (read hopefully) I will only ever use it up to a small percentage of its capability.

I have been reading the other VHF thread with interest, I wont pretend to understand all of it just yet but I am getting there!

Thanks again for all the help and to all those who took the time to reply

Best price I have found so far is Channel RIBS, 175
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I have a Standard Horizon handheld and cant fault it. Great bit of kit. I doubt you will be able to use yours on the course alot of VHF courses have fixed units there that are wired for the course with no antenna and they are wired to each other. Just allows you to use the distress button etc without raising false alarms. If you have it before the course well worth taking it along to get familiar with it though.
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My thinking was that if there was anything I couldnt suss out it was the perfect opportunity to ask the expert.
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I have a 851E - bit of advice, if you use the GPS function your batteries will be dead V quickly. Especially if you just use normal off the shelf batteries. BUT having the GPS function 'on board' is well worth it as it will give coordinates automatically with DSC distress. This is the main reason i got this VHF.

I would suggest getting the rechargeable battery option. Without GPS, the radio on one charge lasts a good long while. Few days in my experience with little use.

I use a dedicated GPS as well- but if i was in any way concerned of the conditions then I would enable the GPS function on the radio , incase an auto distress needs to be sent with coordinates.
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Thanks, I have ordered one from Channel Ribs so should be with me soon
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