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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:18 pm 
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I'm getting more adventurous with my paddling and at some point it'll be sensible to take a VHF handset with me.

It would be mostly used for grocklemocking, filing paddle plans, and heaven forfend, that "Pan pan, pan pan, pan pan, this is solo kayaker Big Silly Arse and I've dropped my paddle. Halps!"

Assuming an impecunious budget but limited tolerance for tat, what can the good burghers of the forum recommend?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:35 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:20 pm 
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You'll be wanting a waterproof floating one for when you drop that, too, then?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:53 pm 
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Check out the Standard Horizon range Andy, from cheap-ish <£100 simple ones, all the way up to the £250 DSC handheld HX851 with 12-channel GPS built in. Yes, it can send a distress call with your position embedded.

I have a Standard handheld Amateur Radio (2m/70cm dual band) which is now 19 years old and still going. They make them to work and to last.

For sheer bombproofness, try Entel. Fewer features, but I think even you might have trouble breaking one.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:18 am 
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*adds to the list*

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:10 pm 
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The thread from the dead arises...

Standard Horizon HX750E. Last year's model. Waterproof, immersible, buoyant. No DSC, or GPS, but otherwise fully functional handheld marine VHF. Down in price 'cos it's not shiny and been replaced by the 751 - which is different by a glow-strip. Belt clip and hole for a lanyard to lash it to your PFD.

I had a chat with Pete at Summit to Sea on Anglesey, and we talked about the 851 with the GPS and DSC built it, but apparently the GPS eats the battery so much that a weekend away would leave you without VHF if you couldn't charge it up. His recommendation was a bog-standard floaty handheld, and if you really need the come-and-get-me button, get a PLB (McMurdo or similar). They're tiny, and about £200 at the moment, but more are entering the market and the prices are falling. Battery is longlife Li, and one bought this year would simply need a check up and battery replacement in 2017 or so if unused. Once registered, activation anywhere in the world will set of the 406MHZ satellite alert plus a 121.5Mhz locator for aircraft.

Sold.


Incidentally, there are rumours abroad that the Icom VHFs suffer galvanic corrosion of the terminals on some models. I haven't yet been able to confirm them though.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Turns out that I scored lucky on my birfday and have a shiny Icom M33!

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