Originally Posted by PS5764
Thanks for your comments. I would have liked a fixed VHF but as good as the 4.8 is there is only limited space on the console so i went for the chart plotter and the handheld with DSC built in.
I have done a number of channel crossings in a variety of weather and light conditions, on one the boat I was with lost it's fixed VHF. Despite my urging to fix it, it was only a fuse, the skipper decided to press on (didn't know it was only a fuse at the time).
It was very easy to fall out of handheld range. I was able to call them on my fixed set, but all across the way they were in near silence.
Do not bank on their being hundreds of ships about, at times the channel is quite lonely!
If you really really cannot fit a fixed set then at least get a decent antenna on a pole at the transom, you can get a cheap adapter that allows your handheld to use the proper antenna.