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Old 22 August 2007, 07:10   #11
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My concern in raising the issue in the first place - was when I really needed to communicate- it was nigh impossible in this particular instance. I was out alone, and to fiddle with the radio whilst trying to keep an even keel was
very daunting. Normally I have no problems with my VHF- and that is
the problem. If in emegency you have to relay on vocal wave transmissions with a very limited frequency range- then something must be better.
- this was not a DSC call and was not a may day.

As regards the World switch over to digital - as pointed out by Jon , would it not be better to run digital alongside vhf?

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AS has already been said digital is all or nothing - at least with a poor vhf signal you still have something.

If you want realiable comms everywhere the only way to go is satellite - you can get a cheap Thuraya for about £250 - the calls aint cheap though but in an emergency who cares.......
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Old 22 August 2007, 07:51   #12
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If you want realiable comms everywhere the only way to go is satellite - you can get a cheap Thuraya for about £250 - the calls aint cheap though but in an emergency who cares.......
ah but is it waterproof ?
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Old 22 August 2007, 08:06   #13
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Whilst we are on the subject of waterproofness of radios, a common problem I have come across is that unless you are particular in keeping the knobs washed off the salt gets in and seizes them up.
I have broken some knobs trying to free them off.

Jon,

When it says waterproof does it mean you can put a hose on the face of the radio to wash it down. I tend to spray from a long way to stop water being forced in but this doesn't wash the salt out of all the little crevices !

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What distance out were you at the time? What antenna and vhf set do you have and when did you last check your wiring, both power and coax?

As mentioned by Jon - in the right conditions you can get fantastic range, the problem there is that you are more likely to need your set when the conditions are poor. Hence the need for a solid arrangement with good wiri
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Set is state of the art UNIDEN
Radio is checked BEFORE I leave port.( 5/5 receive/send)
Radio mast is a 3 meter whip. on top of the cabin giving sealevel to top mast some 6 meters.


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ah but is it waterproof ?
Plastic bags work great - pretty cheap as well.......
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Whilst we are on the subject of waterproofness of radios, a common problem I have come across is that unless you are particular in keeping the knobs washed off the salt gets in and seizes them up.
I have broken some knobs trying to free them off.

Jon,

When it says waterproof does it mean you can put a hose on the face of the radio to wash it down. I tend to spray from a long way to stop water being forced in but this doesn't wash the salt out of all the little crevices !

Nick R.
Well depends on the make.
I know you can with an Icom and I flush our kit off every evening so I know the Standard Horizon stuff can take it too.

Not sure about the rest.

If it says it is waterproof then it should take a flush off.
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Its Icom stuff.

It was another make I broke.
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