VHF Recommendations

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Hairy_Snappa
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:16 pm

Hey guys, looking to pick up a vhf in the nearer future but I'm on a bit of a budget. Was wondering what you guys would recommend for a starter. Cheers

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Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:31 pm

Cobra HH500 is what I use. Bluetooth enabled, you can make and receive phone calls - keeping your cell phone safe and dry. Floats if dropped and can replay missed VHF calls.
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:32 pm

suggest you shop around always look at the waterproof level and transmitting power
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:39 pm

Depending on where you're planning to do you fishing look at the transmit power 1-3-5 watt, and make sure it's waterproof !
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Hairy_Snappa
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:31 pm

At the moment I'm planning to keep my yakking close to the shore and around kawakawa or coromandel.

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Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:51 pm

Hairy_Snappa wrote:At the moment I'm planning to keep my yakking close to the shore and around kawakawa or coromandel.
Even more reason to have bit of power mate, 200m offshore is prob worse than 2ks off shore to make contact with another station, being further out takes bays and points out off the line of sight

Hairy_Snappa
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:01 pm

What strength would you recommend?

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Limitless
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Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:02 am

Go for one of the 5-6 watt radio's. The lower power 3 watt units can sometimes appear attractive with reasonable battery life and possibly being a little more compact, but the reduction in output definitely limits their performance when it's needed most (especially if trying to raise assistance in heavy conditions or when in the water). All too often I hear such VHF's struggling to clearly communicate TR's to the Coastguard and I shudder to think what might happen if such a call was someone in trouble instead!

Our biggest selling radio is the Cobra HH350 - well priced and relatively uncomplicated, it's proven to be a reliable performer with very few warranty claims (unlike it's predecessor that had a few battery issues). While not unique I like the 12v charge system it comes supplied with, making it easy to keep the radio fully topped up when on road trips between launch spots or aboard a mothership.
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Hairy_Snappa
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Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:20 pm

Thanks for the help guys. At the moment I am looking at this one http://www.trademe.co.nz/894955686" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; as a starter.

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Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:54 am

Hairy_Snappa wrote:Thanks for the help guys. At the moment I am looking at this one http://www.trademe.co.nz/894955686" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; as a starter.
How good are you at always putting something on charge before you need to use it?

I ask as Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, even brand new can loose 5-20% of charge in the first 24hrs, Who knows how much for one with an unknown charge/discharge history. This is compared to the approx 1-2% PER MONTH of Lithium Ion batteries.

I wouldn't consider a radio that wasn't powered by a lithium ion of some sort.
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Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:03 am

RobEdward wrote:...I wouldn't consider a radio that wasn't powered by a lithium ion of some sort.
I agree, especially as NiMH batteries perform best if cycled (run flat before being charged again). This is the reason I like the later generation Cobra HH350 - it comes supplied with a Li ION battery that's much more tolerant of having it's charge "topped up" so you can guarantee a fully charged battery when you depart the beach.
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Hairy_Snappa
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Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:08 am

I'm fairly consistent at having things charged. But I would probably look to change it to a Li-Ion at some point.

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