VHF Radio Essential? Nexus Brand $100?

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Nate1
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Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:58 pm

How many of you have a VHF? I've only been out a couple of times with my cell in a sealed plastic bag, but was pretty rough the other day and got me thinking...

Marine deals have this Nexus waterproof VHF for $100... good buy?? :^)

http://www.marine-deals.co.nz/handheld- ... -vhf-radio

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G1
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Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:09 pm

Yeah I think they are well worth it...... Just think ...what if :swear: goes wrong? who you going to call in a hurry? I think its money well spent.... i didnt read the link, make sure its submersible or have a good bag for it :y:

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Bigred
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Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:08 pm

I would say any VHF is better than none when it all turns ugly.
Your mobile won't do you much good if there's no coverage.
no point ringing for help on land when there could be a boat nearby to help.
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Rob
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Mon May 07, 2012 8:22 pm

I have one... I'm not licenced. (I don't know anyone to talk to anyway) It is probably what I would use in an emergency.

I also carry a cell phone to swap calls/texts with my wife eg. Fish? what fish? there aren't any fish in this ocean. or your morning fishing pass has expired... please return the kayak to the beach or suffer the consequences.

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Lister
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Tue May 08, 2012 5:04 pm

Cell phone, radio, epirb. all have their place and you do actually, {wrongly.} feel safer with a radio. Now if I ask real nicely you think Limitless will give me a huge discount on one of those laser flares? :)
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salty yakker
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Thu May 10, 2012 5:40 pm

They are IPX7 rated but only 2 watt which ok for in close. I see jaycar has a 5 watt vhf for $150 for the rest of this month but only splashproof so need to go in bag

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TwoSpoons
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Fri May 11, 2012 10:49 am

Don't cheap out on your safety gear - you need it to be reliable.
I would suggest submersible (IPX7 min, IPX 8 better!) as an essential feature - rather than rely on a bag you may not have sealed properly.
Get a 5W radio - you will be heard by more people if you get into trouble.
Get a radio with a lithium battery - they are lighter, and hold charge longer when not in use.
Electronics : its still magic, even when you know how its done.
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Lister
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Fri May 18, 2012 7:05 am

Have one of these but only for my mate to use as "ship to ship" communication. No, he's not licensed either but would rather have a means of communication with him than nothing.
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I like technology. I especially like to hit it with a big stick!!!!

We don't hate the fat B*tch. We just can't find anything about her to not dislike

ZMW4211. Proud paddler of PF440

rodshott
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Location: New Plymouth

Fri May 18, 2012 10:10 pm

I owned one and had lots of problems contacting our local Coast Guard radio operator to log and close trip report :n: . Had to upgrade to a 5watt hand held radio and have had no problems
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higap
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:44 pm

Has anyone heard of any shops at the moment with a good deal on a 5w vhf?

DcPhoto
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Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:31 pm

I agree with twospoons, go with 5W and waterproof.
They are not only good as a back up safety if you get in trouble but also very good for just letting the big boys know you are there if vis is not good.

Been out a few times crossing shipping lanes to Rangitoto or Waiheke and have had squalls come across which can make a kayak next to invisible to the ferries etc. even with a flag. If you see one heading your way a quick call on 16 to let them know you are there makes life a lot less stressful. I have had them change course after a call and one stopped for a bit until he spotted me and then went around so it was pretty obvious he had no idea I was there.

Just like your knife, attach it to your PFD not you boat just in case you get separated from your boat

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