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Old 05-20-2016, 06:32 PM   #21
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Much as I like Standard Horizon and iCom brands, I ended up with a pair of Uniden Atlantis 290's.

The big draw here was they also have FRS channels. Perfect for when I take the dog ashore or go exploring in the dinghy. We can chit-chat without worrying about using a regular VHF channel that way.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:37 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the information. I ended up ordering a Standard Horizon HX870.

Appreciate all the replies and information.

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That is a great idea - I am always mindful of that when we dive. Want to share the details on your PVC canister construction and how deep you have been with it?

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Finally got around to taking the pictures.

It's 3" ID PVC that I cut to length to fit my radio, PLB, and 2 lb bean bag weight. I cemented a round end cap on one end, and a threaded one on the other end.

The first picture shows a 2 lb bean bag weight, the HX870, and the PLB. I put the bean bag in first, followed by the HX870. I drop the radio in so that the rubber ducky antenna is oriented up towards the opening. After that I drop the PLB in so that it fits right alongside the rubber ducky antenna. Finally, I give it a few wraps of teflon tape and seal it up nice and tight. I then use two black nylon dog collars to attach it to my BCD back alongside my tank.



The second photo shows the configuration inside the cannister.

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The 2 lb weight leaves it slightly positively buoyant so that if for some reason I were to lose it, it'll go up to the surface. I then painted it florescent orange to make it easier to see on the surface.



I also added my phone number to the outside of it, just in case someone were to find it, they'd at least know who it came from. I also wrote the contents of it in case someone found it and didn't know what was in it.

On my SAR card that I filled out with NOAA for my PLB, I added the comment "Survivor has portable VHF radio and will be monitoring CH 16".
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It's 3" ID PVC . . . . threaded on the other end.

I find threaded PVC tends to bind and requires a wrench to unscrew. Any problems like that?
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It's 3" ID PVC . . . . threaded on the other end.

I find threaded PVC tends to bind and requires a wrench to unscrew. Any problems like that?
While true, if you need your radio or PLB when surfacing from a dive, adrenaline may help your grip...
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I put a pair of Channel Locks in my BCD pocket precisely for that reason. Yes, it is a PITA to open up, but like you said, when you need it, trust me, you'll get it open.

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