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Old 06 April 2011, 18:04   #1
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vhf base station

i been given permission to from committee to set up a VHF base station , operating on m & m2

I know I need to to contact ofcom for site survey and licence etc.

Can anybody recommend a good base station? can a cheap VHF radio be deprogramed to have only 2 Channels or do I need to go down buying a Icom IC-f5022m.

I know I need to keep cable run short and comply with ofcom for height and Ariel type.

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Do you need to have it restricted or can you just put a sign on the radio saying operation only permitted on channel X and Y?
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From a technical perspective, a cheap marine VHF should be fine -whether it complies with Ofcom 'rules' might be a different question.

Standard Horizon and Icom can be programmed by the dealer to be limited to specific channels (the dealer may want to charge you for this) - I would imagine most / all other marine VHF makes would be the same. DSC functionality can also be turned off on the Standard Horizon radios, not sure about Icom.

I believe RNLI boathouse radios are standard Sailor 2048 radios with a restricted channel set.
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Do you need to have it restricted or can you just put a sign on the radio saying operation only permitted on channel X and Y?
it will be in the club lounge, can't take risk of somebody transmitting on 16 some rubbish at 25watt or jamming it on ! if I put 80 on it I been told that I will need to lock up, since you need operators certificate to use 80.

will check with dealers how much to de-programme set.. will check sailor too, I was hoping that standard V , could fo full solution since we need to buy a few handhelds as well and would like to keep it everything one brand
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will check with dealers how much to de-programme set.. will check sailor too, I was hoping that standard V , could fo full solution since we need to buy a few handhelds as well and would like to keep it everything one brand
In my experience, you are probably looking at up to 20 per radio. If you shop around, you may find some places that will do it for you FOC, particularly if you are buying a few radios.
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