27 meg or vhf

if im heading around the 150m mark or fads etc does the uhf still have reception or do i need a vhf any help advice is great thank you 


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VHF .....via the repeater on Rotto

Mon, 2017-09-11 09:40

The repeater greater extends the range ..... 

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Mon, 2017-09-11 09:49

 Don't think UHF is monitored br SS&R. And even if you were relying on UHF repeaters, 1/ you'd need to get someone to listen to you and 2/ you'd have to do well to get past the peanuts that clog them up.


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 This is basic skipper ticket

Mon, 2017-09-11 14:44

 This is basic skipper ticket knowledge. 

more than 5nm from land you must have a marine radio, switched on and tuned 88 27mhz or 16 VHF. Or if you are logged on with a VMR group you stay on their login channel.

UHF (CB) not compliant and not monitored by the vast majority of VMR groups

27mhz compliant but poor performance

VHF conpliant and your best performance.

Go do a VHF course, most of the VMR grops run them and it helps support them


I believe Whitfords sea rescue are running a radio info night in october. Well worth the gold coin donation to dust off your skills.





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 I don't think you will get

Mon, 2017-09-11 12:25

 I don't think you will get any coverage out that far from VMR, will have to be vessel to vessel, Telstra mobile is probably your best bet, have never really been a fan of radios myself.. 


Long story short, had transmission issues once off mandurah - tried radio - noeone answered - called them directly and got towed it straight away.. apparently their radio was down 

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VHF Repeater

Mon, 2017-09-11 19:14

There is a VHF repeater on Rottnest, channel 81 if I remember correctly, Fremantle sea rescue monitor this channel.

If you are thinking of travelling north then seriously consider VHF as very few boats carry 27meg radios and most sea rescue groups are phasing it out

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 Yeah somebody told me

Tue, 2017-09-12 08:11

 Yeah somebody told me recently that VHF will only be picked up about 25 miles out maximum. 150m is going to be a fair bit further than that

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Mon, 2017-09-11 21:29

get a vhf licence and when you do the course you will understand the bigger picture with vhf and the repeaters , both whitfords sea rescue and Fremantle monitor repeater 81 if your heading towards the fads .

once you have a VHF unit in your boat.  Always trial t to ensure the radio in the boat works properly and gives you the correct range , don't always assume sea rescue are not listening when they can't hear you. some times it the radio or aerial in the boats that isn't putting out full power or bad connections giving the radio poor performance 

vhf is a lot clearer signal over 27 meg. And doesn't suffer from interference from motor or electrical noise , and from a sea rescue radio room operator it makes a big difference to understand messages when the signal is coming through clear and low in interference ,    Note.  Repeaters are time based , approx 20 seconds , so you don't get time to have a big chat , get on say your message and pass on the equiped info .

if going out wide there's no issue with calling through when you moving location, one it tests your radio and two give the rescue group a better picture of your exact location

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 Some good points there

Tue, 2017-09-12 08:42

 Some good points there Dhu.