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Old 23 August 2007, 05:38   #1
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VHF Channel 37 ?

I've been asked to act as safety boat for some local races over the coming weekend. The race control will be on Ch 37. My Raymarine 54E VHF doesn't show ch37. I suspect it's one of the two 'P' channels.

Can anyone tell me which one please? Many thanks.
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Channel 37 = channel M1
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I've been asked to act as safety boat for some local races over the coming weekend. The race control will be on Ch 37. My Raymarine 54E VHF doesn't show ch37. I suspect it's one of the two 'P' channels.

Can anyone tell me which one please? Many thanks.
Did you buy it from Cactus or MES???
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jwalker Channel 37 = channel M1

Yes, thanks. When I looked for the channel I got to a 'P' on the screen, but there were some more squiggles there too which I couldn't decipher (it was late and I was tired). Thinking about it now you've reminded me, they could have been an 'M'. I was looking for numbers, so didn't twig.

Codprawn Did you buy it from Cactus or MES???

Ah! Neither. Got a good deal from my local yacht centre, half a mile away. Guess you were thinking it was tuned to the US/Can channel set? I don't think it is, but I'll check. I know the the info's on the screen somewhere.

Though I've been pleased with the set's performance - easily as good as the old commercial spec. Kelvin Hughes 65 I had on my ketch, A problem has developed with the on/off/volume control making intermittent bad contact when turned. I'll have to get that fixed. Managing at the moment by reducing squelch while I adjust the volume. That's the only disappointment - but it's a pretty major fault really, I think.
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How old is the radio?

If its within warranty, get it back to Raymarine to sort out.

Even if its too old for that, ring the service department anyway as they may well sort it out for you.

The 54Es are made/repaired in Malaysia, so if you send it back you'll get a replacement rather than have to wait for your old one to be repaired.

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Its actually 37a as its a simples channel.
37 is a duplex channel.

37a = M or M1
P4 = M2.

Whilst I can see what Codders is implying I would like to point out that any set coming in from the US would not be CE marked.
If Cactus and or MES imported non CE its they would be breaking the law.

As pointed out in some earlier threads the very first CE versions of the Ray54e did not have M1 or M2 in them, an oversite on their part.

Like all radio companies we have to add M1 and M2 when they arrive in the UK.

If you do not have these programmed I would ask your dealer to arrange for it to be done for you....FOC!

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Well, that's the safety boat weekend over. Good fun - no casualties.

Turns out I didn't see a 'P' on the screen, and when I looked properly it was 'M1' and 'M2'. I would have sworn I saw a 'P', just goes to show how tiredness can affect one.

Comms worked well, especially after I switched off dual watch. All these push buttons and tiny icons on a LCD screen. Give me an old fashioned switch, which tells you at a glance whether it's on or off and a bright LED to tell me if I'm transmitting or not. Then I wouldn't have to fish out my reading glasses and hunt for a little black blob on the screen.

Nasher - The radio was purchased last year, so it's still in warranty . I'll talk to Raymarine and probably send it to them at the end of season. Notwithstanding what I've said above, I still think it's a nice piece of kit.

Thanks all for your input.
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37 is P1 and M1 depending on the radio, it's P1 on our handheld, and M1 on our yachts VHF. Strange
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37 is P1 and M1 depending on the radio, it's P1 on our handheld, and M1 on our yachts VHF. Strange
37A is is the nhumber of one ofthe 2 channels we use in the UK for Club safetyboats etc.

As its not international manafactureser oftejn hide it iit in odd plcaes rather than the dediacted button we used to have. The cahhanel is equally often known as M or M1.

Some manafacturesers install the option to includ some Private channels, for example ICOM. P1 is genaerally used in the UK therfore as Mi / 37A, in otyer Scandinavian countries it is used for other National channels.

Commercial useres may also have their own private channel stored un dre P1, P2 etc.

I agree it would lead to less confusion if there was a generic name, we call it M1
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37A is is the nhumber of one ofthe 2 channels we use in the UK for Club safetyboats etc.

As its not international manafactureser oftejn hide it iit in odd plcaes rather than the dediacted button we used to have. The cahhanel is equally often known as M or M1.

Some manafacturesers install the option to includ some Private channels, for example ICOM. P1 is genaerally used in the UK therfore as Mi / 37A, in otyer Scandinavian countries it is used for other National channels.

Commercial useres may also have their own private channel stored un dre P1, P2 etc.

I agree it would lead to less confusion if there was a generic name, we call it M1
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