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Needing new VHF radio 08 Jun 2018 13:09 #99266

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> My recent handheld (enough for for <20m in France) arrived with only Ch 15 & 17 as "handheld is only valid for intra-ship channels".

What about Channel 16? Without that, you're sunk - perhaps literally if you can't call for help.

My HH is the ICOM M33, a great radio that (with no-charge upgrades) offers ATIS and all channels inc 31. I bought is at a boat show for a little over £100 several years ago. This is now replaced by the M35 (about £200), whichis not only waterproof to 1m, but more importantly it comes to the surface if dropped overboard. The cheaper M25 (£140) is waterproof but will sink.

Make sure about another feature. At sea you need Ch 16 as your emergency channel and you can use Dual Watch to listen to 16 and another channel (eg Ch 11 when in Portsmouth Harbour), but you really want to substitute your emergency channel with Ch 10 when on EU inland waterways. Check that this is possible to change by the user- with back to Ch 16 possible too. This way you can keep watch on Ch 10 while in EU and still be able to use another frequency to speak to lock/bridge keepers/marinas. Certainly you can do this with ICOM, although a little complicated - I have instructions.

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Needing new VHF radio 08 Jun 2018 00:47 #99252

Any UK chandler can supply a basic VHF. Force4, Marinescene, Piplers, etc, etc. A basic handheld can be had for under £100. You may have to argue about the ATIS settings. My recent handheld (enough for for <20m in France) arrived with only Ch 15 & 17 as "handheld is only valid for intra-ship channels". A swift conversation with the importer got that fixed, enabling all channels inc 31, by quoting Rainwat.. It was a Standard Horizon HX300 from Marinescene, which happened to be the cheapest offer at the time. The importer said "Some VHFs are shipped limited to 15/17 like this one and others come correctly set up. and we get this all the time". All VHF manufacturers have a 'low-end' or 'just the minimum you need' option.. Which is best value depends on this week's offer and the channel restrictions could happen on any.

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Needing new VHF radio 07 Jun 2018 22:45 #99250

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ICOM is far from "low-end" - they make excellent units. I use an ICOM hand-held that is ideal on barges because of its portability. It floats if you're daft enough to drop it too!

Wherever you get a new VHF radio, make sure the dealer enables ATIS (often not on UK-supplied units) and Channel 31, often used by marinas in NL (also often not on UK units). Both these features can be enabled on request, usually at no charge.

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Needing new VHF radio 07 Jun 2018 20:36 #99248

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Not seeing specific mention of UK outlets on the suppliers page that can sell and program a new radio for me. Mine just stopped turning on. Good voltage to the unit. It is a low-end model from ICOM which should be all I need. Now in France and would have it sent here. Prices from store to store are probably very similar so give me the name of your favorite UK store. Probably cheaper to buy new than finding out if it can be repaired. Or tell me why I need something costing more (I am under 20m).

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