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Old 10 February 2016, 15:33   #11
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I don't think it's essential but it is definitely a nice bonus.
I'd also recommend floating - most people I know who have dropped their VHF in do it whilst getting ready on a pontoon or accidentally kick it off the quayside!
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Old 10 February 2016, 18:42   #12
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I'd also recommend floating - most people I know who have dropped their VHF in do it whilst getting ready on a pontoon or accidentally kick it off the quayside!
I've not dropped mine yet - but I did see a bloke drop one off a Land Rover in the middle of the Irish Sea. Fortunately it was:

1. A Cobra
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I have the hx280e and it's great. Really solid feel to it. Managed a radio check with milford haven last week, that's well over 60miles away. Battery lasts very well too.

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Managed a radio check with milford haven last week, that's well over 60miles away. Battery lasts very well too.
It won't be - they will have a local mast much closer to you! E.g. If you are in the Sound of Kerrera you call "Stornoway" where there is no chance of line of sight to due to mountains - but they hear you beautifully from a mast much closer to you.
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I have the hx280e and it's great. Really solid feel to it. Managed a radio check with milford haven last week, that's well over 60miles away. Battery lasts very well too.

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There is a spreadsheet of all VHF aerial locations obtained under a Freedom of Information request which is on 'whatdotheyknow' site. Should let you work out which aerial you probably spoke to.
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Interesting - I can see that milford haven lists access to 7 remote vhf sites but it doesn't say where they are.
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Ah. Hartland & Coombe Martin. Bit closer to home
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Interesting - I can see that milford haven lists access to 7 remote vhf sites but it doesn't say where they are.
This should give you a map of them all - I don't guarantee the accuracy:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...s.kg6gLstIR0kA

(especially the one showing in Belgium! - looks like the MCGA don't know the difference between W&E Brixham 5023'.82N 0330'.63E !!!)
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You get what you pay for but at the end of the day they are all limited to what they can do iv got the icom sometimes it's a weak signal sometimes it's strong it all depends wher you are
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On a sib waterproof and floating makes a difference in my book unless you're going to keep it in a bag at all time.

Mind you I still keep mine in a bag and as I've the Icom m33 I do it for protection.

As others have said, go for which one you can get hold of in the time frame as there is very little difference between them.

https://www.marinesuperstore.com/ele...s/vhf-handheld seems to have a sale on hand helds - the SH are less then 10
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