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Old 06 February 2010, 10:33   #1
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waterproof handheld vhf radios

hi all, can anybody recomend or know where i can obtain a pair of waterproof handheld vhf radios. struggling with a cheap pair i bought from argos 2 years ago. said on the box the range was 3 miles (more like 300 yds. lol ). they are very waterproof though. dont want to spend a fortune. many thanx. paul.
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I like the Standard Horizon HX280, I have one and at under £100 is waterproof and does what it says on the box. No one had issues hearing me last summer, so alls good.
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From Argos.....are you sure there VHF radio's .
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From Argos.....are you sure there VHF radio's .
I was wondering the same thing...
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First you must clarify what you want.

Marine VHF (a license required) or Personal Radio PMR (no License)?
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From Argos.....are you sure there VHF radio's .

VHF does not have to refer to the marine band.

The allocated frequencies of the marine band only make up a tiny portion of the VHF Band
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waterproof handheld vhf radios

hi all, just to clarify : the radios from argos weren't vhf, just cheap walkie talkie things that worked fine if you could see the person you were talking to ship to shore. I just want two cheap waterproof handheld vhf radios that do not require any licence. thanx. paul.
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I just want two cheap waterproof handheld vhf radios that do not require any licence. thanx. paul.
I might be wrong.............I usually am.....but I dont think these exist.
That is the "that do not require any licence" bit.
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VHF does not have to refer to the marine band.

The allocated frequencies of the marine band only make up a tiny portion of the VHF Band
No but the handheld radio's argos sell are not VHF they are PMR radios which work in the UHF band.

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I might be wrong.............I usually am.....but I dont think these exist.
That is the "that do not require any licence" bit.
I'm fairly sure he's looking for waterproof handheld PMR (460 MHz) radios. No license required - but no way to talk to other boats (unless they happen to have a PMR also) and in my experience limited range.
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re hand held VHF

hi
i strongley recomend u get a water proof hand held VHF
there is a lot about for under £100.

try http://www.marinescene.co.uk/search/
STANDARD HORIZON HX280E SUBMERSIBLE HANDHELD VHF RADIO at£88.99


rember your vhf licence is free of charge go on/ line
you need one for your boat , this will cover all fixed and portable radios
at sea only a marine vhf radio will do

thanks
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