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Old 01-27-2007, 06:03 PM
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Looking for an inexpensive 1/5w handheld VHF marine radio, about $60 or less. Six of us going to baja in a little over a month to Bahia De Los Angeles in two trucks towing my boat. Plan is to have 3-4 people fishing in my boat within 5 miles of shore with line-of-sight to the beach campsite. The rest will remain at camp. The inexpensive radio is for communications to the boat's radio from shore for safety as well as changing fishermen. There is no electricity at the primitive campsite. Therefore looking for a radio that runs on AA batteries for the people at the campsite. Just picked up 48 AA batteries at Costco for $10. The Uniden MH120 with no rechargable battery pack is an option. Any help will be appreciated.

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A little over a year ago Bass Pro Shops had a Midland marine VHF handheld on sale for $50. Don't know how good they are (I did own two Midland 2M amateur radios that were excellent) but for $50.......I gave one to a friend for Christmas 2005 but I do not belive he has used it.
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halibut howie - 1/27/2007 5:03 PM

Looking for an inexpensive 1/5w handheld VHF marine radio, about $60 or less. Six of us going to baja in a little over a month to Bahia De Los Angeles in two trucks towing my boat. Plan is to have 3-4 people fishing in my boat within 5 miles of shore with line-of-sight to the beach campsite. The rest will remain at camp. The inexpensive radio is for communications to the boat's radio from shore for safety as well as changing fishermen. There is no electricity at the primitive campsite. Therefore looking for a radio that runs on AA batteries for the people at the campsite. Just picked up 48 AA batteries at Costco for $10. The Uniden MH120 with no rechargable battery pack is an option. Any help will be appreciated.

HH
At the risk of being flamed (again), it's against the law to use a marine VHF radio while on the shore. Consider another option such as GMRS, FRS, or CB. You can purchase these radios at electronics stores or outdoor stores. They are legal to use from boat to shore and most are less expensive than marine VHF radios.
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But he's talking about BAJA, and that's Mexico, right? I have no ideas what their laws are like, or if GMRS and/or FRS is authorized there, or what kind of enforcement may or may not be present there, so I withheld commenting on legality. Except for car-to-car on the way down there, that would be illegal, right.


Lest you think that the FCC ignores violations, see http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2007/DA-07-212A1.html
where the cab company got a $4,000 fine for UNINTENTIONAL transmissions on Channel 19.
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t3rockhall - 1/29/2007 3:22 PM

But he's talking about BAJA, and that's Mexico, right? I have no ideas what their laws are like, or if GMRS and/or FRS is authorized there, or what kind of enforcement may or may not be present there, so I withheld commenting on legality. Except for car-to-car on the way down there, that would be illegal, right........... .
I missed the part about Mexico (wasn't really specified).

It would be foolish to use any radio transmitter in a foreign country without checking the laws of that country.

Or to fish for that matter.
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Saw one at Walmart in the boating section today for $58. I think it was a midland and looked ok. AC adaptor, car adaptor, rechargeable battery.
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Same thing here, Wally World had one in the boating section.
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t3rockhall - 1/29/2007 4:22 PM

But he's talking about BAJA, and that's Mexico, right? I have no ideas what their laws are like, or if GMRS and/or FRS is authorized there, or what kind of enforcement may or may not be present there, so I withheld commenting on legality. Except for car-to-car on the way down there, that would be illegal, right.
Although usage is determined by local law, I thought that CB, FRS, GMRS, Marine VHF and such were determined by international agreement. So that frequencies and bandwith do not conflict.
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...frequencies and bandwith do not conflict.
Not true. For example, see:

http://www.geocities.com/wd9ewk/xe-frs.html
Note "Pitfalls" at the bottom
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While we do not need a license to operate VHF within U.S. waters that exemption does not apply if you plan to use this equipment in foreign waters, or to communicate with a foreign registerred vessel. CB, FRS, GMRSS frequencies are probably regulated differently by other governments also. They may even be illegal in some jurisdictions.

If foreign authorities suspect you of illegal transmission you can expect at a minimum to be extremely inconvenienced by an investigation. Penalties could range from a bribe or seizure of a boat to confinement. Heck, our published penalty for abuse is up to 5 years in prison.

To directly answer your question. I have one of those small Midland radios and wrote a review of it. Here is the link to the thread i put it on. Another member had further comments further in the thread.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...ighlightmode=1



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I was told that you are not allowed to use a radio in Mexico w/o a Radio Operators License. It is the same license I have to operate the radio when I fly. Good luck. Jack
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You also need a station license as well as the "Radio Telephone Operator's License." The station license is what provides the 'call sign.' I had forgotten about the RTO certificate whan I made my previous post.
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t3rockhall - 1/30/2007 2:14 PM

...frequencies and bandwith do not conflict.
Not true. For example, see:

http://www.geocities.com/wd9ewk/xe-frs.html
Note "Pitfalls" at the bottom
Unless I misunderstood the site, it seems to confirm what I was trying to say. And that the local government dictates or certifies equipment and users.

It is similar to some european CBs which are capable of FM transmissions which are not allowed in the US.

But I agree, it is not as easy as taking your radio below the border.

Bullshiper is down that way, he may know a little more about the regulations.
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Under the provisions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) treaty the U.S. is obligated to comply with the spectrum allocations specified in the ITU Radio Regulations' Article 5 (International Table of Frequency Allocations). However, U.S. domestic spectrum uses may differ from the international allocations provided these domestic uses do not conflict with our neighbors' spectrum uses that do comply with international regulations or bi-lateral agreements.
The spectrum uses may indeed differ from international allocations. From VHF upwards (the line-of-sight bands) they may differ widely. It's up to the individual countries.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I decided to upgrade a bit to a Uniden Atlantis 250. Got it for $88 NIB delivered online. It's a 5w transmitter with a rechargable NIMH battery with both ac & dc charging capabilities and a AA battery tray. I'm bring down an extra gp29 deep cell battery that i'll connect to the dc charger/cradle. I'm assuming I can leave the radio on in the charging cradle while waiting for a call from the boat. As far as the legal stuff, we're going to be in the middle of nowhere in baja mexico. Safety takes priority over a law no ones knows about or has ever been enforced there. I'll post some pics in the fishing forum after we get back.

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halibut howie - 2/2/2007 5:23 PM
................. Safety takes priority over a law no ones knows about or has ever been enforced there. I'll post some pics in the fishing forum after we get back. HH
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