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Old 04-21-2003, 04:23 AM
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Can some of you guys give me a few bursts on your actual VHF use? I would like to have a VHF mounted in the boat and let my wife have a handheld at the house or in the car, so that we can stay in touch when I'm on the water. The use would be in the nature of: I'm on the way in, I'm stuck out here, etc.

Strictly speaking, is that type of use in violation of the rules?

Practically speaking, how do you use your VHF?
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Old 04-21-2003, 04:48 AM
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Average handheld VHF range is only 5 miles, mounted units average 25 miles.

It would be better to use a cell phone and call her.
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Old 04-21-2003, 04:54 AM
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Yes it is. I'm not saying that it is not done. Even with a handheld, you should be talking ship to ship. I not sure what distance you talking about , but have you looked at www.icoamerica.com particullarly http://www.icomamerica.com/frs/icf21brmain.html These FRS/GMRS/BRS radios are just what you need and legal.

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Old 04-21-2003, 05:13 AM
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Yes it is a violation to use VHF on land. So
unless you want them wierd looking guys with all the antennas sticking out their chevettes circling your house like a bunch of indians, use a cell phone.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:52 AM
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Just as Sea_Dad noted, use of MARINE VHF on land is a federal offense.



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Old 04-21-2003, 08:56 AM
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And if your interested in one of those FRS/GMRS radios. First, don't bother with a FRS radio, they are 1/2 watt and are basically useless unless you within a few hundred yards of each other.

However, GMRS is a bit better at 2 watts normally. But BEST, is a new Audiovox (ya, I know, they make alot of junk, but this one is ok) GMRS radio. It is model GMRS-7000, it transmists using 3 watts, the highest power available.

Note, you need to get a license with these GMRS radios.

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