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Old 15 September 2004, 15:12   #11
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Doesn't the article say they tried calling on VHF?

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Skipper David Faulkner issued a "pan pan" warning - one down from a mayday call on the vessel's VHF radio, but the MCA said the signal was not picked up.
Maybe it wasn't a good one?
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Old 15 September 2004, 15:15   #12
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Yes, but only from the boat, it appears that no handheld was carried in the liferaft or even EPIRB or flares .

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I did NOT say to rely on a mobile phone! Obviously a lot depends on area!

Power of the signal is obviously much greater on VHF but power is NOT the limiting factor - the line of sight rule makes far more of a difference unless you are talking of odd conditions.

Obviously being able to relay is vital but there are bound to be some conditions where nobody is responding on vhf and yet a mobile could work.

Given the choice between VHF and mobile phone I would carry vhf but as everyone also has a mobile phone surely it wouldn't hurt as a last resort!

And to throw one other argument into the discussion there is a type of mobile that will outperform VHF - satellite ones like Iridium or similar!
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the line of sight rule makes far more of a difference unless you are talking of odd conditions.
Not true, dear chap. I've had line of sight to the mobile mast on Alderney, but no signal beyond four miles out. With a VHF, we once listened to a conversation between MikeC and Andre, who were off the south side of the IOW near St Catherines Point, whilst we were on ther Lymington River. I suspect that the cloud cover assisted with that one - hardly an "odd condition" in the UK
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Obviously being able to relay is vital but there are bound to be some conditions where nobody is responding on vhf and yet a mobile could work.
Yes, agreed!
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Given the choice between VHF and mobile phone I would carry vhf but as everyone also has a mobile phone surely it wouldn't hurt as a last resort!
Yes, definitely worth it - I always charge mine up before a RIB cruise.

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And to throw one other argument into the discussion there is a type of mobile that will outperform VHF - satellite ones like Iridium or similar!
OK then - what's the best deal for purchase and subscription?
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OK then - what's the best deal for purchase and subscription?
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EPIRB, there satellite tracked, Give position as well BONUS.

a EPIRB Saved Tony Bulmoore (Spelling?) a couple of years back.

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OK then - what's the best deal for purchase and subscription?
They're not cheap, but possibly less than you might think. I saw a company selling them as Southampton today (can't remember which one though) so you might be able to get a deal.

They do provide genuine world wide coverage from a handset about the size of a fairly old mobile phone -- not a brick though. Alan P has used them extensively over the last couple of years and they have proved to be lifesavers on at least a couple of occasions!

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Ta John - I think I recall seeing them on either the Cactus or the MES stand, but didn't look at the 's as we're still contemplating bringing ourselves into the 21st century with a DSC VHF!
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Never mind the VHF, who ever made that liferaft deserves a pint or two
considering the weather in the last week.

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500 for a satphone and calls not as bad as I first thought - would have to have a proper need for one though - an epirb would be a better bet!

http://www.satphonediscount.co.uk/ca...products_id=29
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