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Old 15 September 2004, 08:44   #1
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Need for more than a mobile

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What price would you pay for a good vhf radio?
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I'd also want an EPIRB. We only ever go a Max of 10nm offshore but have 2 VHF's, EPIRB & flares. Also carry a mobile however no good @ 10nm

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Goes to prove that all of those people who rely on mobile phones to call for help may get caught out one day. It is good practice to keep a handheld VHF in your grab bag (this will contain everything you will need incase you have to abandon ship) Make sure it is fully charged though. It is also no point having a VHF if you dont know how to use so do a course on it.

Having flares on board particulary rocket flares would also of been a help, again keep these in the grab bag.

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Remember though mobile phone coverage may sometimes actually be better than vhf and they are both basically only line of sight - range is pretty limited without a mast to hold the aerial up!!!
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...mobile phone coverage may sometimes actually be better than vhf ...
Not offshore though! Mobile signal doesn't propogate very far even with clear airspace... those little bars diminish very rapidly as you leave land behind. Also, a mobile call can't be relayed which could be a big advantage.
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Remember though mobile phone coverage may sometimes actually be better than vhf and they are both basically only line of sight - range is pretty limited without a mast to hold the aerial up!!!
Sorry to disagree with you but cant understand the logic. How can VHF be less effective than mobile phone. No one can hear you accept the person on the other end with a mobile. You can make a MAy Day call on VHF and shipping within the area will hear you and respond if you cant reach the coastguard.. Plus mobile phones and salt water do not mix.

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Sorry to disagree Cod but really Confused now
Mobile phone = Low power <2W, High hundreds of Mhz (900) thefore short range. Marine VHF Higher power >2W and Low hundreds of Mhz (145).
Mobile one to one comms, VHF everyone on frequency and in range can hear.

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Mobile phone = Low power >2W, High hundreds of Mhz (900) thefore short range. Marine VHF Higher power <2W and Low hundreds of Mhz (145).
Mobile one to one comms, VHF everyone on frequency and in range can hear.
Brian, I know what you're saying, but you've got the > and < the wrong way round....

I think you mean: Mobile phone = Low power < 2W and Marine VHF Higher power > 2W
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Thanks Richard DoH!! Have a point
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Remember though mobile phone coverage may sometimes actually be better than vhf and they are both basically only line of sight - range is pretty limited without a mast to hold the aerial up!!!
i have to agree with everone else Cod rib to rib roughly 5 miles range rib to shore roughly 10 miles vhf everyone is in on the mayday and coastguard can do a rdf signal to locate you ,if you are unsure of your position, mobile phone as the others have said the signal is lost out at sea and no one else is listening.
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