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Old 31 May 2015, 12:21   #1
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Ship to shore radios - recommendation

Already have a icom VHF radio just in case but wonder if anyone can recommend a decent 2 way radio for keeping in touch with the rest of the party ashore. Bought a binatone twin radio set last year but although said 8km range soon lost communication when not in direct line of sight. I know most sets have a reduced range when obstacles are in way but wonder if there are any out there that work in a 3-4 mile range with obstacles etc. Any recommendations greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 31 May 2015, 13:33   #2
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Already have a icom VHF radio just in case but wonder if anyone can recommend a decent 2 way radio for keeping in touch with the rest of the party ashore. Bought a binatone twin radio set last year but although said 8km range soon lost communication when not in direct line of sight. I know most sets have a reduced range when obstacles are in way but wonder if there are any out there that work in a 3-4 mile range with obstacles etc. Any recommendations greatly appreciated. Thanks
Any vhf type communications will be line of sight only. 8km might be possible from top of a mountain to the valley, or a tall cliff to someone at sea.

I assume you don't have mobile coverage?

What are you trying to communicate? I think unless you have a real need that justifieds serious expense (big masts etc) you'll be best sticking to marine vhf and mobile phones. Or PMR type frequencies for when you are in sight but out of shouting distance, or I am sure some people are a bit naughty and use their marine vhf for shore comms.
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Hi Poly - Yep no mobile signal where we are. Be useful to get in touch with rest of party when in next bay etc or in local fishing village a few bays down the coast - no long distances (max 2-3 miles) but wondered if there is a better set out there than the binatone set I've got. From the sounds of it it seems an inherent problem with all the 2 way radio sets.
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Hi Poly - Yep no mobile signal where we are. Be useful to get in touch with rest of party when in next bay etc or in local fishing village a few bays down the coast - no long distances (max 2-3 miles) but wondered if there is a better set out there than the binatone set I've got. From the sounds of it it seems an inherent problem with all the 2 way radio sets.
You might be able to with ham radio stuff, but not sure you will get waterproof, it's a bit more complex than vhf and you are probably looking at fixed stations! Sat phone might be cheaper!
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A good old fashion CB with signal boost may help - but I think I'd be tempted to stick with VHF and make sure those 'ashore' are actually 'at sea'.
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With antennas, height is might. If mountains are in the way though, you don't stand a chance without utilizing a repeater. You can utilize HF-SSB with an NVIS antenna though.
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You might find some Chinese amateur kit that is not CE marked which can chuck out 5W on UHF frequencies. (licence free stuff shouldn't do that). Shop around and it could also do VHF marine.

Won't be waterproof.

Would have a removable antenna (can't have on a licence free set) so could connect to a bigger ant. But both ends would need similar or it becomes one way...
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I have some Icom VHF business radios that we use on-site, they are the same quality as all Icom handhelds, waterproof, drop proof, lithium batteries that last all day with heavy use, good range (15km in open terrain, 3-5 in built up areas) We have private channels programmed in, the licence is free iirc, maybe a few quid at most. They do PMR in the same versions, I use Lam Communications they are very helpful & will talk you through the process. You'll pay premium price for a premium product though, might be ott for your needs. I'd be going down the handheld marine vhf route meself
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Taking on board all previous comments I've just seen some cheap radios on eBay (TYT TC 3000) 400-520 MHz UHF with 10 watt output at a very cheap price. I know they won't be anywhere near icom quality but considering what I need them for they'll do if they have the range. Anyone with any thoughts?
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