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grahampass
grahampass

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:50pm

Post Subject: VHF Radio

Taking my boat on the Thames next month. Shall only do it once so would like to purchase a cheap reliable VHF Radio for the trip. Any ideas please?

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:31pm

Post Subject: VHF Radio

I am told that none of the hand helds can reliably reach London VTS from Teddington so a mobile phone has to be used to inform VTS that you are entering their area. It seems hand held VHF only becomes reliable once you get well into London where the traffic builds up. This being so I expect any set sold by a reputable supplier will suffice for a once only trip. I trust some readers will give their opinions as well. Tony Brooks

grahampass
grahampass

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:47pm

Post Subject: VHF Radio

This maybe very helpful for others, but I'm afraid it's a bit late for me, I leave next week! Handheld VHF's can be picked up from around £70 from chandlers (particularly seagoing ones)- with a 3W or 4W output will suffice. They tend to have a better range than inland chandlers. Just be aware that the unit must be UK-type approved, as some bought on the internet are for specific european countries, or the USA, and the simplex/duplex channel allocation is not the same, and can lead to difficulties (as well as being illegal) You will also need a Ships Radio Licence, for a portable radio- this will not give you an MMSI number, but will allow you to use the handset on your vessel. The licence is free from http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radiocommunication -licences/ships-radio/ Failure to register a radio is an offence- and you would be usually asked for your callsign (allocated through the licence) when communicating with, say, Woolwich Barrier It must be stressed that, as I am sure you know, you MUST have passed a VHF (short range) course and examination, to be able to use a VHF radio legally. Failure to have an operators certificate of competance is a serious offence. In the UK, the Royal Yachting Association runs one-day courses and exams throughout the country, often at local centres and night classes. You must have one before using any set, either fixed or portable, or the set must be used under the direct supervision of a qualified person. http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestraining /courses/specialist/Pages/SRC.aspx gives information on the course.

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