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Old 03 April 2006, 18:35   #11
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I have been really impressed by the Standard Horizon handheld. It is a good spec, waterproof ofcourse and has all the usual accessories as standard. It also comes with a 3 yr manufacturers warrenty covering any water ingress - free replacement/no quibble. I sell these radios now and they have proved to be sucessful, only positive feedback!

I don't like to pick out individual radios and icom have always had a good reputations also, and there are other cheaper radios, or much more expensive but I do recommend the Standard at the moment!
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Old 03 April 2006, 18:42   #12
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Iam still confused , i figure no hand held and decent flares then you can't curse when your radio lets you down .

Confusion same problem with GPS then I see the Rhino by garmin whats that a "gps radio combined " with added safety features , but can I find any info on it
Anyone got one looks good and garmin is great isn't it .
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Old 03 April 2006, 20:03   #13
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The Rino is a combined UHF licence free radio and a GPS
It only works on the US Family Radio Service and not approved for use outside the US.
The Family Radio Service works of different frequecies to the EU licence free radio's.

If you want lots of extras for your hand held then look at the new M71.

Nos4 is right about range and makes some very good points.

I would always recomend a fixed unit if you have room.

Whilst flares are good, you don't know if help is coming and the help can't ask you whats wrong until they are along side.

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Old 03 April 2006, 20:08   #14
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Thanks Jon

I was reading reports of troops using thm In Iraque and how they got an instant position for troop lost in a sandstorm etc . It sounds like a great system and I guess will applied to marine VHF soon .
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Old 04 April 2006, 05:25   #15
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You never know Ian

US law on this is so much slacker than here, is very frustrating at times.

I think Uniden in the US have a combined VHF and GPS hand held.
I know Standard have just launched a combined fix VHF with a GPS/Plotter!!!

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Old 04 April 2006, 17:38   #16
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Don't mess around with handheld VHF unless you're desperate. You may only be a couple of miles from shore but you can be 20 miles from the coastguard's radio mast at the same time...

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Nos4 is right about range and makes some very good points.

I would always recomend a fixed unit if you have room.

Whilst flares are good, you don't know if help is coming and the help can't ask you whats wrong until they are along side.

Spot on - go fixed. I'm fairly new to this as well. Did a lot of talking to people & ended up with an ICOM M421 fixed set and a Horizon HX270E handheld backup . I look at my handheld as a backup only - due to the short range.

I've backed my radio's up with a flare pack, individual strobes and torches. Don't forget your mobile. Might get a signal. The boat is registered with the Coastguard, the radio is linked to the GPS for the DSC signal and if I put any more kit on I think its going to sink! Welcome to the site.
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