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Old 17 April 2012, 09:53   #1
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New to VHF,should I buy HX290, HX751 or HX851?

As above, any advice is very welcome.

I have never owned a VHF before and most of my boating will be within three miles of the coast. Having read all the reviews, and hoping to buy the right piece of kit first time (learned that lesson).

Would the DSC GPS enabled HX851 be overkill for my needs? There is so much opinion out there that as someone who has no experience in this I am going round in circles.

I like the idea of a single button press in an emergency, but is it worth the extra 70 over the HX751?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Do a VHF course to make it legal and ask the guy running the course?
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Thanks, I am hoping to complete a course in the next month, I will of course ask the instructor what would be most suitable. No need for rolling eyes at me, I thought it was a fair question.

If possible I would like to take my new radio with me to the course as I am hoping to use a 1on1 tutor.
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if you can afford it DSC option is best...can you buy a gps for 70 ?

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They also make handheld DSC equipped radios with built in GPS. I would highly recommend one for safety. Nothing easier than pushing a button and having your exact coordinates sent out.

It is a valid question
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Many thanks, the HX851 has built in GPS, which was one of the main reasons I am looking at this model. I do own a basic handheld gps but it would be easier to relay this info through DSC.
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Buy the DSC enabled radio ;

Its one less thing to carry about ( one radio / gps compared to seprate units)

It will tell the world you need help without having to do much excpet press a button and when youv'e done the course you'll have the knowledge and confidence to talk to people more and if needed do a mayday call as well as hit the red button.

I'm a big Std Horizon convert after dropping my ( sinking ) icom some years ago and the 851 will be my next buy
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Thanks, I am hoping to complete a course in the next month, I will of course ask the instructor what would be most suitable. No need for rolling eyes at me, I thought it was a fair question.

If possible I would like to take my new radio with me to the course as I am hoping to use a 1on1 tutor.
Good man, cancel the rolling eyes forthwith

IMHO DSC is a rarely used addition to a radio. Certainly never used it in a day to day situation. I agree with the emergency bit but you still have to follow up with a voice mayday so why not cut straight to that? For a hand held I would personally go with a good make rather than worrying about the DSC bit.
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[QUOTE=jokaboat;456799 I agree with the emergency bit but you still have to follow up with a voice mayday so why not cut straight to that? For a hand held I would personally go with a good make rather than worrying about the DSC bit. [/QUOTE]


Hmmmm. Standard Horizon I feel is considered a good make and a DSC is not a substitute for a mayday call and a mayday call is not a substitute for DSC.......

DSC emergency will give an exact location ( and distress type if suitably menu chosen) but wont tell people the number os people on board or give a real world position - ie 2 miles south of ...... which is a alot simpler to understand if you happen to hear a mayday on the radio....

I'll get my coat now.....
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Currently a thread running here on the merits of DSC.

The extra 70 notes might be hard to swallow now but it could one day be the best 70 you've ever spent.

Also worth noting that (I haven't looked into it) the GPS built into the DSC radio is probably not much use for anything except giving the radio a position to transmit. You'll still want your GPS/map for navigation.
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