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Old 07 April 2004, 15:12   #11
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Still waiting

just an update
phoned silva friday told me the s10 were due in on monday 05/04 phoned silva today still havent arived so without radio and they cannot give me a dilivery date
surley uk silva should know whats happening and should endevour to let people know whats happening
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Old 07 April 2004, 15:28   #12
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I don't understand people who don't want/have a handheld VHF. After the tragedy off Barmouth this week, it may well have been a happier outcome if one of the two victims had a h/h in an aquapac round his neck. A fixed unit is useless under the water. My h/h goes round my neck after the lifejacket goes on and it goes where I go, wet or dry.
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Old 07 April 2004, 15:37   #13
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hand held

i agree a hand held is usefull and is a back up i will have to get one as a back up but my point is i have been waiting for a replacement radio since febuary
and have been let down i am off to Devon on saturday morning and the chance of me getting a h held before i go is slim due to work and the easter weekend if silva let me know that they were unsure of delivery i could of got something sorted hence lack of customer support by silva
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Old 07 April 2004, 15:42   #14
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Sorry Barry I was replying to an earlier post and this weeks events just brought it to mind.
Hope you get sorted for your trip, have a good one.
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Old 07 April 2004, 15:48   #15
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Sorry Barry I was replying to an earlier post and this weeks events just brought it to mind.
Hope you get sorted for your trip, have a good one.
will do Ian
you have fun this weekend
i will travel up one weekend and join you on the water
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Old 07 April 2004, 18:14   #16
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There seems to be a bug shortage or Silva S10's at the moment. Ive tried a few people now and nobody has them in stock. Ive ordered mine and was told id have to wait a ''week or so''.
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Old 07 April 2004, 18:16   #17
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I don't understand people who don't want/have a handheld VHF. After the tragedy off Barmouth this week, it may well have been a happier outcome if one of the two victims had a h/h in an aquapac round his neck. A fixed unit is useless under the water. My h/h goes round my neck after the lifejacket goes on and it goes where I go, wet or dry.
A fixed radio has 5 times the power output of a handheld and far greater range because of this and the superior aerial plus links to the GPS for DSC distress calls. Having the choice of the two I would always go for the fixed unit. Even in the future if I buy a H/H I would have it powered from the boat battery and able to link into the main boat aerial rather than round my neck to make sure it would operate effectively as the H/H battery packs don't last long if not used regularly.
This is bearing in mind the main use of my RIB, diving and is the result of my experiences over the years with both types for that use. Some of the places on the west coast that I operate a H/H would not have the range to talk to anyone anyway.
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Old 15 April 2004, 07:07   #18
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Silva still don't have S10's or S15's in stock. I bought the S15 because I intended originally to fit the navtex aerial but could never get hold of one. Since I don't use it and I can't get a replacement S15 for my broken one yet they have agreed to give me an S10 and an S12 handheld instead, at least the handheld is in stock and I will be able to get out with some sort of radio.
They seem to have massive supply problems, i coldn't get an S15 for nearly two months when I first ordered and never did get the Navtex aerial. I have now been waiting nearly three weeks for the replacement for my S15 which gave up the ghost after 4 months use.
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Old 15 April 2004, 07:25   #19
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Sounds like a significant supply issue !

If anyone is still interested in getting hold of a new S10 or S15 give Marinescene in Cardiff a try. I was in at the weekend I think they had both on display. 0800 5420988.

Can't remember prices but they seemed reasonable.

Cheers

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Old 15 April 2004, 07:40   #20
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Not trying to be smug in the wake of others troubles but i learnt some time ago to buy nothing but Icom or Simrad for handheld or use on an open boat. Anyone considering a VHF of anykind for RIB use should disregard the price...it's the most essential peice of equiptment you'll own. If you can't afford it save up the fuel money by not going out for a month and then when you do go out you will do so with peace of mind.

Anyone know where i can get a list of MMSI's for the CG's? I had to call Dover CG several times yesterday and CH16 was very, very busy...would, i think, have been better to use DSC...
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