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Old 28 August 2014, 04:50   #31
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Buy a Garmin or an Icom, if you get in trouble you will be glad you did.
Icom or Standard Horizon are the brands most often recommended. I don't know anything about the Garmin VHFs (although I do rate most of their kit). How do they compare?
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Old 28 August 2014, 04:55   #32
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I can't believe I am being slammed for this one.

You haven't been slammed, although I'm sorry if you feel you have.

This is a discussion. It's OK if people have different views and opinions.
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Old 28 August 2014, 05:00   #33
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However, you'd be utterly moronic to go out without a means of shouting for help.

Or just not appreciate the potential consequences of your actions through naivety, ignorance or overconfidence.

I don't think branding people as morons is particularly constructive though.
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Old 28 August 2014, 05:02   #34
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First of all it is an offence to use a marine VHF without a licence,
read the top left of page 6 http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binari...adio/of19a.pdf

You'll find all the Admin team here arguing that the VHF course is a very good idea and will help you make an effective distress call if ever you need to as well as probably help you get better "value" from your radio for non distress applications. I doubt you will get any of us to agree it would be a bad idea to take a VHF with you even if you have not yet done the course. Of course the Admin team don't speak for "Ribnet", nor even its owners.
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Old 28 August 2014, 05:22   #35
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That begs the question of who leaves their handheld turned on all day?
Maybe I am odd, but generally I do, because then if someone (or the CG on behalf of someone) is shouting for help I am more likely to hear it. Or if they want to hail me for any other reason (a polite tow request, a warning about ship movements, or a CG MSI broadcast about changing weather or submarine traffic etc). Traffic is infrequent so I can afford to back off the throttle when I hear it.
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Maybe I am odd, but generally I do, because then if someone (or the CG on behalf of someone) is shouting for help I am more likely to hear it. Or if they want to hail me for any other reason (a polite tow request, a warning about ship movements, or a CG MSI broadcast about changing weather or submarine traffic etc). Traffic is infrequent so I can afford to back off the throttle when I hear it.
Peter_c was probably referring to having a hand held AND a fixed set. I have both. The handheld stays in the drybag, switched off (saving the battery for the "Brown Moment"). The fixed is on all day.
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Handheld - on/off? If I'm handheld only, I keep it on and scanning local CG/buddy channels all the time I'm on the water. Off if I have a fixed set available.
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Usual setup here is fixed set on all the time, with handheld clipped to my lifejacket (switched off) in case boat and I part company, and as backup (albeit much lower power) for the fixed set.

Personally, I'd not feel happy relying on just one means of summoning help by radio; but with the OPs SIB though, a fixed set seems not as feasible....?

But a mobile phone in a dry case would be better than nothing as a backup (which I also take), though I also carry a PLB.

Perhaps a tad different here as there's little traffic and few people about to see you if you need help.

For me, covering the safety angle well allows me to relax more when out, which is to me what it's all about.

Also nice to see others making the point that the radio isn't just for helping yourself, it's also there for listening to help others. Karma :o)

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for the OP's benefit, my advice .......
if you are taking your boat to sea, take as many ways of raising the alarm
as you have/can afford. As you are in a SIB I wouldnt expect your going
a long way from the shore ? in an area with no other boating traffic ?
If you have a mobile phone, get a waterproof bag for it and fasten it
to you, if you have 2 mobile phones - get 2 bags, get a waterproof VHF,
and attach it securely to yourself.....and as folks said here, get a course.
It boosts your confidence so much when you pass it.
Do as much as you can afford, and try to prioritise safety kit over toys for the boat.
There is a ton of advice on here about safety kit, its expensive but
worth every penny should you ever need it.
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Peter_c was probably referring to having a hand held AND a fixed set. I have both. The handheld stays in the drybag, switched off (saving the battery for the "Brown Moment"). The fixed is on all day.
Both the OP and Peter_C are SIBbers and accordingly more likely to be h/held only. Hence, I assume, the suggestion to go DSC for the h/held.

I wonder if you keep your DSC switched off how long it takes to do a cold start and get a sat fix. I assume it will let you send a distress whilst waiting but does the position update once it gets a fix (if I remember correctly the repeat messages stop when the shore station acknowledges?).
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