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Old 02-21-2015, 04:59 AM
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I upgraded my boat, but the poor VHS system which I swear is the cheapest they could find, and lack of epirb have me thinking. I'm wondering if they make a handheld VHS system? One where you have a dock or way to plug your hand held into your boat for more distance and power for off shore, but handheld for safety and portability at times.

Why I'd like portable:
Portable for when you sink and need it on hand not in the water or dead when the batteries are flooded, on friend's boats as a hand held encase their system dies and/or they have not maintained their boat well and the vhs does not work for some reason (which is the case on at least one friend's boat), etc.

Why I'd like to dock it:
Then a dock or way of docking it so that you get the use of a taller antennae (8' above a T-top for example is taller than me standing on a T-top while it's sinking with a unit in my hand hoping to reach someone) and bypass the batteries for more power/distance off shore.

New stuff is always coming out and I thought I would check in. Online you could spend decades reading spec sheets and get nowhere. Have you guys come across anything?

The next best I thought would be the typical boat VHS system, handheld VHS w gps, and a epirb. I was thinking Standard Horizon HX851 with ACR aqua Link View, and a boat VHS. You guys have any suggestions on new stuff you have seen for this combo if no dock system is available? I figured hand held epirb bc of the reasons stated above, where I'd be on other boats that don't have one and may not have GPS as well to radio-in, and I think it could get stolen in various situations if mounted on my boat.

Handhelds that seemed to be the best. Anything better?, bang for buck matters too Linked to amazon for longevity of the link.
ICON M92D-01
Amazon Amazon

Standard-Horizon-HX851
Amazon Amazon

Epirbs I liked (the orange spot seemed like it was a barely doable system which I don't want to pay to use either.

ACR Aqualink view (shows gps location for radio-ing in)
Amazon Amazon

ACR Aqualink 406
Amazon Amazon

ACR ResQlink 406
Amazon Amazon

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Old 02-21-2015, 05:26 AM
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VHS died when the DVD came out.


Just having some fun. I know you meant VHF
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I don't know where you boat, but I have an installed DSC/VHF and a waterproof floating handheld. At 5 watts of transmission power a handheld may not have the juice you want it to when you need it. Buy a fixed mount, wire it to your GPS and register for and install an MMSI. That way if you have an issue you hit the distress button and your call distress call automatically goes out with your position.

For boats that go offshore, I always recommend a fixed system first with a handheld back up.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I don't know where you boat, but I have an installed DSC/VHF and a waterproof floating handheld. At 5 watts of transmission power a handheld may not have the juice you want it to when you need it. Buy a fixed mount, wire it to your GPS and register for and install an MMSI. That way if you have an issue you hit the distress button and your call distress call automatically goes out with your position.

For boats that go offshore, I always recommend a fixed system first with a handheld back up.
whats MMSI?
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Originally Posted by mikewest57 View Post
whats [sic] MMSI?
MMSI is an acronym for Maritime Mobile Service Identity. Try

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritim...rvice_Identity

to get information. (A well-written article on Wikipedia is usually better than random and often misinformed comments on forums.) For information about a Maritime Mobile Service Identity in the USA, see this announcement from the government of the USA:

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Rele...-12-1989A1.pdf

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Originally Posted by stewbuntu View Post
...Then a dock or way of docking it so that you get the use of a taller antennae...
Your must be using some device with a spell corrector that thinks the plural of antenna is antennae. That is only true for bugs. For radio, the plural of antenna is antennas.

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Originally Posted by jhebert View Post
Your must be using some device with a spell corrector that thinks the plural of antenna is antennae. That is only true for bugs. For radio, the plural of antenna is antennas.
only need one, phone auto spell went crazy

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