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Old 03 May 2004, 11:11   #1
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Vhf....

I want to get a VHF radio for my boat - a fixed one, which looks nice with lots of bottons etc.
I've booked me self on a RYA course, so now really just need to buy the radio. I did a search on the forum, and found a link to a site which sells radios. I have found on in the "just like new" section of the site. The radio I like is new, but the page says it doesn't transmit on channels 81 and 83. (Hence the $79 price) Knowing nothing about radios, I don't know whether this will be a problem. Does anyone actually use these channels???
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03 May 2004, 11:24   #2
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Could you point me in the direction of that web site please. I wouldn't mind a fixed Radio for $79.

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http://www.uniden.com/store/itemdetail.cfm?item=B-MC535
If you check out the "just like new" marine radios there's a choice of three; two are $79. Postage is $10 plus a surchurge for this country. I worked out it still going to be cheap! I'm on the verge of ordering, but would like to know about with channel 81/83 thing.....
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I just checked it out, and channels 81 and 83 on the International VHF are for the coast guard. Does this mean without these one is rather stuck? (I noticed there are other coast guard channels). Or, are these ones the CG uses to communicate with it's self?
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Tim, although the channel 81 / 83 issue shouldn't be a major problem as far as I know, I'd advise caution here. Almost certainly the units won't be CE marked or "ships wheel" marked and so won't be type approved for UK use. There's some more information if you do a search on "Uniden" with some very useful stuff posted by Jools.

I dunno, you spend thousands on boats, engines, etc then you buy cheap life jackets and VHFs. What next... cheap flares?

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cheap flares?
I've got a pair from the sixties. They don't fit any more tho' so no good for the boat either !!!

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81 & 83 are used for the transmission of local marine safety information (weather and navigation warnings etc). So you may miss out on hearing a new gale warning.
Is it Type approved for the UK? If not the radio communication agency can fine and remove non compliant equipment.
What is it breaks down, where do you return it to?
You can can a VHF/DSC unti for £199.00 fully compliant.
If you buy cheao you get cheap!

Just something to think about.
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I've got a pair from the sixties. They don't fit any more tho' so no good for the boat either !!!
Wot, not even as a flag for the prop? Or do you only use underwear for that??
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After searching some more, I think the gereral opinion is that these American radios can't be approved for (legal) use in this country.
Such a shame - only £50!!!
Looks like I'm going to be paying triple that now!
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Bear in mind that once you had paid for delivery and the duty (prob. plus shipping co. admin fee for paying the duty) you would have been up to £100.
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