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Old 29 January 2009, 14:59   #11
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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.

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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, 15:01   #12
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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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