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Old 29 January 2009, 13:59   #11
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Originally Posted by NorthernMonkey View Post
If youre going to use a radio for emergency use only, then you don't need a licence.
This is not true, you still need a VHF certificate and a licence to use a handheld in an emergency (or any other VHF) but in an genuine emergency you are unlikely to be prosecuted for using without these.

Originally Posted by NorthernMonkey View Post
They will work further out to sea if your engine fails and the wind blows further out
I am not sure I actually agree with this, handhelds are fairly short range at a usual 5w output and small low aerial. This really depends on where in the country you are. However a VHF can be picked up by anyone close enough to you so is a better bet than a phone which is worse than useless if not in range of a base station on land.

A Standard Horizon HX270E is 74 delivered if you shop around, I bought one online last week as a backup VHF for the IOM trip.

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Old 29 January 2009, 14:01   #12
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Originally Posted by martini View Post
Over here you get your name in the local paper if you get towed in etc and you used a mobile instead of a vhf! Buy one!!
A good point, well made.

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