Handheld VHF radio


Old 09-11-2015, 04:39 AM
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I have a built in unit on my boat but see there are handheld ones. Why would a handheld be needed? Boat size so you can be free from the fixed unit? Thanks
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:43 AM
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Ditchbag or on the beach? Power failure?
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:02 AM
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pgkeating pretty much covered it.

You might use a handheld if you had a boat without a fixed mount radio.

If you fish offshore, and your boat sinks, it would be nice to have a VHF radio with you in the life raft (and even nicer to have one on you if you didn't HAVE a life raft, or didn't get it deployed).

Then there's the old "two is one, one is none" thing (i.e., have a backup for critical pieces of equipment).

Something a buddy and I are going to start doing is going out in my boat and bringing his kayak so I can drop him off places that are too far to paddle from where he can put in. With a handheld, he can let me know when he wants to get picked up. (For that matter, he has a GPS/DSC handheld, so he can even transmit a position report to let me know WHERE to pick him up.)
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:28 AM
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Ditchbag or on the beach? Power failure?
And to throw in your car/truck to listen to the marine forecast.
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:14 PM
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Redundancy, and for MOB when operating solo, tethered to PFD.

DSC/GPS model, with registered MMSI #. If in VHF range of CG, will provide a far quicker response than PLB/EPIRB which involves sat delays and several human relays. Obviously, needs to be a waterproof model, but I believe the few with internal GPS are all waterproof, but not all float, hence the tether, good even if it does float...

I use a "Gear Keeper" brand retractable tether for GPS and serrated sheath knife...rated for salt water, but usually not targeted to boat users. Also use a trucker CB model for my fixed VHF mic.
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:22 PM
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I was 26 miles offshore once and lost all power. All power.

Thankfully my Std Horizon handheld had a full charge and on full power I was able to reach the USCG. I then activated my PLB to give them my location. They received it and dispatched Boat US to us for a tow...

Without that handheld, I would have waited until a search plane or boat found us.
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