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david priestley 3990
Hi
I'm just getting round to equipping our boat for sailing further afield and I wondered if anyone can offer recommendations for good hand-held GPS sets and waterproof VHF radio sets. I'm skimming through various comparison sites but first-hand experience is always better. Anyway, just in case - thank you in advance

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Andy Biggs 3272
We've used an Entel HT640 for over 12 years, sea kayaking and on a Drascombe Coaster.

Simple to use, robust, comes with both mains and 12volt chargers.

Waterproof but doesn't float.

I think the current model is HT644

I've recently bought a second hand one, only used once, so have two.

Recommended, Entel make commercial radio gear and have a reputation for quality gear.

Andy
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david priestley 3990

Hi Andy

Thanks so much for getting back to me. This is completely new to me so huge thanks. I'll look into them. Take care and fair winds

 

David

 

 

 

 

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> We've used an Entel HT640 for over 12 years, sea kayaking and on a Drascombe Coaster.

Simple to use, robust, comes with both mains and 12volt chargers.

Waterproof but doesn't float.

I think the current model is HT644

I've recently bought a second hand one, only used once, so have two.

Recommended, Entel make commercial radio gear and have a reputation for quality gear.

Andy


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Re: Hand held GPS and VHF Radio sets

Roger Barnes 936
Icom are also a good make. Avoid DGPS as their battery life is poor, at present.


On 8 Jun 2017, at 17:15, david priestley 3990 [via DCA Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:

Hi Andy

Thanks so much for getting back to me. This is completely new to me so huge thanks. I'll look into them. Take care and fair winds

 

David

 
 
 
 
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> We've used an Entel HT640 for over 12 years, sea kayaking and on a Drascombe Coaster. 

Simple to use, robust, comes with both mains and 12volt chargers. 

Waterproof but doesn't float. 

I think the current model is HT644 

I've recently bought a second hand one, only used once, so have two. 

Recommended, Entel make commercial radio gear and have a reputation for quality gear. 

Andy 


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Re: Hand held GPS and VHF Radio sets

david priestley 3990
Thank you Roger. Much appreciated



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Icom are also a good make. Avoid DGPS as their battery life is poor, at present.


On 8 Jun 2017, at 17:15, david priestley 3990 [via DCA Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:

Hi Andy

Thanks so much for getting back to me. This is completely new to me so huge thanks. I'll look into them. Take care and fair winds

 

David

 
 
 
 
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> We've used an Entel HT640 for over 12 years, sea kayaking and on a Drascombe Coaster. 

Simple to use, robust, comes with both mains and 12volt chargers. 

Waterproof but doesn't float. 

I think the current model is HT644 

I've recently bought a second hand one, only used once, so have two. 

Recommended, Entel make commercial radio gear and have a reputation for quality gear. 

Andy 


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Roger Barnes 936
I meant avoid DSC of course. Hard day: had to decide who to vote for - particularly difficult this time…


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Thank you Roger. Much appreciated



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Icom are also a good make. Avoid DGPS as their battery life is poor, at present.

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david priestley 3990

No worries Roger. Same over here in France. The world of politics is a bit all over the place. Hey ho


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I meant avoid DSC of course. Hard day: had to decide who to vote for - particularly difficult this time…


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Icom are also a good make. Avoid DGPS as their battery life is poor, at present.

Roger Barnes
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I have a waterproof ICOM handheld and have found it ok. But it is very fiddly to adjust the volume and squelch - you have to use the keys to enter the menu and then use the keys to increase/decrease, and then exit the menu. Not easy in poor conditions without my reading glasses on!

If I was buying a new one, I'd prefer a simple knob to addict volume and squelch. Not sure if these exist, probably much more difficult to make waterproof.
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Roger Barnes 936
My ICOM has a volume and on/off knob. These sets are more expensive but worth it, I feel.



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I have a waterproof ICOM handheld and have found it ok. But it is very fiddly to adjust the volume and squelch - you have to use the keys to enter the menu and then use the keys to increase/decrease, and then exit the menu. Not easy in poor conditions without my reading glasses on!

If I was buying a new one, I'd prefer a simple knob to addict volume and squelch. Not sure if these exist, probably much more difficult to make waterproof.
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org



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david priestley 3990
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Hi Osbert

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to get back to me - hugely appreciated! And thanks for the guidance - all new to me so all advice very welcome. I'll keep researching

 

David

 

 

 

 

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> I have a waterproof ICOM handheld and have found it ok. But it is very fiddly to adjust the volume and squelch - you have to use the keys to enter the menu and then use the keys to increase/decrease, and then exit the menu. Not easy in poor conditions without my reading glasses on!

If I was buying a new one, I'd prefer a simple knob to addict volume and squelch. Not sure if these exist, probably much more difficult to make waterproof.
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
> "Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
> Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
> forthsailoar.osbert.org



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again many thanks Roger. Ill keep going with my research but all this guidance is very helpful

 

David

 

 

 

 

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>My ICOM has a volume and on/off knob. These sets are more expensive but worth it, I feel.
 
 

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I have a waterproof ICOM handheld and have found it ok. But it is very fiddly to adjust the volume and squelch - you have to use the keys to enter the menu and then use the keys to increase/decrease, and then exit the menu. Not easy in poor conditions without my reading glasses on!

If I was buying a new one, I'd prefer a simple knob to addict volume and squelch. Not sure if these exist, probably much more difficult to make waterproof.
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
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Re: Hand held GPS and VHF Radio sets

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ICOM are the brand leader.

I have a small ICOM M23 handheld that is waterproof and floats with an LED light that flashes automatically in the water, in case you lose it.

It's a great bit of kit and well designed for small boat users. Got a clear signal from East Head to Al back at Cobnor.

On ebay I found an antenna connector so that the rubber aerial can be removed, then a cable plugs in from a mast top antenna for example. That would dramatically increase range.

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It's the M23, with no volume knob, that I have. If I was replacing it I'd carefully consider the pricier version with a volume knob.

If you can, I'd try and try one out for real, especially if you need reading glasses.
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I have one of these but phased it out as my main set because the light flashes the whole time in an open boat because the set is continuously wet from spray (or rain). This is irritating by day and distracting at night, and eventually runs down the battery. So I keep this set dry in a waterproof box as a backup. I recommend instead the ICOM M73 professional transceiver, which has a separate volume control and a robust metal case (rather than plastic, like the cheaper hobby floating models). It will not float but is fully waterproof, and I keep it tied to the boat in any case. The only disadvantage of this set is that it needs to be charged from a cradle. I have two cradles, one I keep at home and one in the boat. But if the boat cradle is wiped out in a capsize (as happened last year when the lid of the battery box was not clipped down) you have no way of recharging the set. This is why I keep the cheaper set as a backup - which has a charging lead instead.

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ICOM are the brand leader.

I have a small ICOM M23 handheld that is waterproof and floats with an LED light that flashes automatically in the water, in case you lose it.

It's a great bit of kit and well designed for small boat users. Got a clear signal from East Head to Al back at Cobnor.

On ebay I found an antenna connector so that the rubber aerial can be removed, then a cable plugs in from a mast top antenna for example. That would dramatically increase range.

cheers
Paul


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david priestley 3990

thanks again Roger - all new stuff but I'm learning!

Have a good day

 

David

 

 

 

 

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>I have one of these but phased it out as my main set because the light flashes the whole time in an open boat because the set is continuously wet from spray (or rain). This is irritating by day and distracting at night, and eventually runs down the battery. So I keep this set dry in a waterproof box as a backup. I recommend instead the ICOM M73 professional transceiver, which has a separate volume control and a robust metal case (rather than plastic, like the cheaper hobby floating models). It will not float but is fully waterproof, and I keep it tied to the boat in any case. The only disadvantage of this set is that it needs to be charged from a cradle. I have two cradles, one I keep at home and one in the boat. But if the boat cradle is wiped out in a capsize (as happened last year when the lid of the battery box was not clipped down) you have no way of recharging the set. This is why I keep the cheaper set as a backup - which has a charging lead instead.
 
Roger
 

 
 

On 12 Jun 2017, at 09:35, Paul Hadley 2898 [via DCA Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:

ICOM are the brand leader.

I have a small ICOM M23 handheld that is waterproof and floats with an LED light that flashes automatically in the water, in case you lose it.

It's a great bit of kit and well designed for small boat users. Got a clear signal from East Head to Al back at Cobnor.

On ebay I found an antenna connector so that the rubber aerial can be removed, then a cable plugs in from a mast top antenna for example. That would dramatically increase range.

cheers
Paul


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