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Old 14 January 2014, 07:28   #1
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Marine radio. What do I need ??

Hi, I'm new to this and recently bought a RIB. I'm taking it to Italy on Lake Garda in the summer and am wondering if I need, or should buy a radio in case of emergency.
Any advice on models/types and if I need one or not ????
Many thanks in advance. Jed.
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Old 14 January 2014, 08:03   #2
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first thing you need will be your ICC, or you may not be allowed to launch on Lake Garda. and its a long way to troll the boat if you cant get it wet.

ICC = International Certificate of Competence, you get it from RYA after you do your appropriate power boat course, i suggest PB2, then do you VHF course.

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Can you speak Italian ?

Im just wondering if any radio operator in Italy can / will respond should you use your radio while there.

As for which one, I recently spent some time looking for mine. In the end I could see no real difference between Icom and Standard Horizon.

Both did the same things and seemed of the same quality. They have a range to suit needs and pockets.

But dont forget, not all aerials are the same. I did as much research on that as I did radios. In the end your radio is only as good as the aerial. I used this chap for advice and aerials : Salty John: fine boat and yacht chandlery products.

You will need to do a VHF course to use a radio as well.
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We have a mix of icom and standard horizon handhelds (all the entry level floating models)
A downside of the standard horizon is that if you drop it the screen sticks out further than anything else and it smashes.
A new body from yuasa is only about 23 delivered but it doesn't happen with the icoms.
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Oh and since you are going to foreign climes with no doubt some beaurocratic paper pusher you'll want your VHF licensed with Ofcom too. (Free)
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Thanks for the info gents.

So when I look on the net and see a "Cobra" vhf radio for instance, I then need to buy an aerial too ??

I will have an ICC certificate by then as doing a powerboat level 2 course shortly so can then apply for the ICC, but thanks Steco1958.
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The best makes of vfh are icom or standard horizon. Some of the cheaper brands are often false economy.
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Thanks Chris, so would you suggest a hand held or a mountable one. If you have any model numbers you'd recommend please advise.
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Mountable ones will be more powerfull as they will be powered by the boat battery.

Handhelds will have a smaller battery and therefore be lower powered.

If you have the space, get one fixed in the boat to get more power.
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Thanks Trimix, so a mountable one needs a separate arial ??
Any ideas??
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