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Old 03-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #21
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RE: Handheld vs Hard Wired/Built-in VHF Radio

In all the ads and articles about waterproof HH, I have never seen the mention "what if the dinghy turns over and you need help". Very good idea.*
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:20 AM   #22
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I have never seen the mention "what if the dinghy turns over and you need help". Very good idea.

Most dinks are condom boats that seldom flip

The more likely MAYDAY is engine stoppage , being blown out to sea, as* in any wind a condom is unrowable.

Few have sailing dinks for along shore travel.


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Old 03-27-2012, 09:01 AM   #23
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RE: Handheld vs Hard Wired/Built-in VHF Radio

With handhelds, there is a difference between waterproof and floating. Ours is waterproof but will not float. The difference, at least when we bought our Icom HH, was that the waterproof version had more robust internals and slightly more power (6 watts vs 5 I think.) There might have been a slight variation in cost, but I don't recall.
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RE: Handheld vs Hard Wired/Built-in VHF Radio

I just had to share this story.* A friend bought a brand new sailboat a few years back.* Had a VHF down below with the antenna on the top of his mast.* it did not seem to work*at all (hardly picked up transmissions and you pretty much had to be alongside him to hear him hail you of for him to heard you) but he would hear no criticism of his brand new boat.* So fast forward a couple of years and he had one of his buds up the mast doing some wiring for something and the guy found some cabling that was not attached to anything.* That was the cable for the VHF antenna.* Like most things, the antenna works better with the wires attached.*

We have an Icom below with a command mic up top and LOVE IT.* Great reception from the antenna on the side of the fly-bridge.* We also both have water proof handhelds.*
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RE: Handheld vs Hard Wired/Built-in VHF Radio

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I just had to share this story.* A friend bought a brand new sailboat a few years back.* Had a VHF down below with the antenna on the top of his mast.* it did not seem to work*at all (hardly picked up transmissions and you pretty much had to be alongside him to hear him hail you of for him to heard you) but he would hear no criticism of his brand new boat.* So fast forward a couple of years and he had one of his buds up the mast doing some wiring for something and the guy found some cabling that was not attached to anything.* That was the cable for the VHF antenna.* Like most things, the antenna works better with the wires attached.*

We have an Icom below with a command mic up top and LOVE IT.* Great reception from the antenna on the side of the fly-bridge.* We also both have water proof handhelds.*
*It's a wonder he didn't burn out the radio.
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