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Old 02 September 2010, 16:19   #11
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I do regular radio checks with the CG. They often quiz me as to my location and recommend a CG working channel for the day. Good service!
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Old 02 September 2010, 16:47   #12
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I do regular radio checks with the CG. They often quiz me as to my location and recommend a CG working channel for the day. Good service!
If ch16 is unusually quiet, I also get a CG radio check. It's very much incouraged by the CG for obvious reasons.
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Old 02 September 2010, 17:08   #13
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We have virtually no traffic on 16. Mostly TRs on the CG working channels. It's the Wild West of VHF...
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Old 02 September 2010, 17:10   #14
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You could perhaps mount the radio set as in the old rnli D classes were before the new pod system ,,,, martini,s photo ,,were introduced ,
it was mounted/bolted between stainless steel tubing that held up the spray dodger ,also a speaker was fitted above .
to make it all watertight/ inversion proof, it was fitted into a watertight box with extentions for the knobs/ switches and mike going trhrough a perpex front cover ,
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Old 02 September 2010, 19:10   #15
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Old 03 September 2010, 14:35   #16
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I would have thought a DS Developments box would be overkill - a modern IP67 rated marine VHF should be ample for a normal SIB in all but the most extreme conditions - make sure you grease up / cover with self amalgamating tape the aerial connections and you should be good to go.

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Old 03 September 2010, 23:20   #17
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So would ours - but I think they have a more open attitude if the idea is to establish range/coverage to their mast (which obviously no one else can do).
We're a big inland sea and their towers are on actual mountains so that's really never a problem. Even the puniest 1w handheld can reach their towers if the antenna is actually working. So most radio checks around here are actually antenna checks which can be done on short range and low wattage. They are surly most of the time whether its a radio check or not so maybe they aren't frowned upon as much as I think they are lol.
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I made for the plotter this type of small table, might work also as a platform for a fixed vhf?
It is fixed to the boat with a couple of ss wingnuts so its removable from the boat in 30 seconds.

It was originally done as a temporary solution so did not bother about the finish, but as it worked so well, have used it for the whole season.

Crew is sleeping on the air floor, hand on bow line. We made 105 nm that day, my neck started to propose console steering over tiller.....
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We made 105 nm that day, my neck started to propose console steering over tiller.....
Yowsers! That's a long trip in a wee rubber boat!
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We have virtually no traffic on 16. Mostly TRs on the CG working channels. It's the Wild West of VHF...
I remember a week in the Outer Hebrides in about 1991, we used to call up Stornoway CG each morning with routine traffic, the girl that answered us had voice like warm honey There was so little radio traffic up there, that she would chat about the weather & where we were going etc. A world apart from the brusque south coast world of Solent & Portland.
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