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Mon, 2017-09-11 15:08

 I guess you get what you pay for, but I'm liking the radios from Standard Horizon, they are coming from the Yaesu factory who are one of the best in amateur radio. Whitworths would be a good place to start.

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How far offshore

Mon, 2017-09-11 18:43

Do you fish offshore and if so how far?

Do you want GPS integration to be able to use the DSC features? Some higher end radios now have the GPS inbuilt and some higher again have AIS receiver built in as well.

Money talks but standard horizon has a model across a lot of price and feature points. You would be well advised to look at Raymarine Ray52 and probably the cream of the crop being the Icom radios again across a lot of price/feature levels.

Then you need to know if you will be going with the regular trailer boat 1.8m antenna or if a larger boat you can go 2.4m or 3.6m. 

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Icom

Mon, 2017-09-11 18:50

Another made by a manufacturer of ham radios with inbuilt GPS and emergency calling including location available  

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 Icom. Always.As for the

Tue, 2017-09-12 08:54

 Icom. Always.

As for the antenna. I would go for a higher gain unit, 2.4m. Any bigger and you get fading of the signal as the boat rocks around. A decent antenna increases both your recieve and transmit range, so dont skimp on it.

Mount the antenna as high as practicle, and clear of other objects for the best performance. And run it vertical!!!! Angleing it back looks all sexy but it realy degrades the performance. 

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Tue, 2017-09-12 10:07

 Icon biased there starbug? I guess I was with yaesu too.

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Yaesu for linear amps

Tue, 2017-09-12 10:56

But Icom for HF (a 701 ) and also for VHF .......fitted a new Icom and can easily contact 6CL (Cockburn) from 15 NM WSW of Garden Island and whilst I man that station midweek I do NOT think their antenna set up is anything to write home about. 

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 Be careful with the standard

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:07

 Be careful with the standard horizon cheapys from whitworths. I bought one and it wouldn't switch to duplex. Next to useless if you do any decent offshore stuff and need a repeater. 

Whitworths refunded me and I replaced with icom. 

Simplex worked fine though. 

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I Have Lots Of Experience

Tue, 2017-09-12 12:25

 I have lots of experiance with icom and Yaesu,

  Yaesu / vertex std/ and standard horizon are all owend by Motorola

 So when it comes down one of the best i run a Motorola Comericial Radio same as what you see on most mine sites, and built to a Military spec not a cheap Budget

   Radio holds 255 channels so i have all VHF marine and all VHF amateur Repeaters /Channels throughout WA,

 Most deep droppers will tell you that you cannot get back to any VMR From out deep ,yet i can speak Via most amateur radio repeaters from 40 mile out, And yes i have a license to Transmit there

    Even if you dont have a licence there is no Law thats says you cannot use it incase of an Emegancy on Amateur Bands,

      i know at least 20 boats in my Club all running these radios, as well as few well known Guys on this site,

         If you need a hand send me a PM

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 Interesting that as an

Tue, 2017-09-12 14:16

 Interesting that as an amaterur radio operator you would advocate the modification of commercial equipment, and place them in the hands of unlicenced operators.

Tha ACMA have sucessfully prosecuted several people for this.

 

If you want range, use a better antenna and use the VHF marine repeaters.

 

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there are no Modification

Tue, 2017-09-12 14:47

 There is no Modification,

its a commercial radio that covers part of the VHF spectrum 136-174mhz @25 watt and is totally legal and at the same power output

and as stated i did say im licensed, and did NOT say that i supply radios to unliceneced operaters

 Strange how the ACMA DO nothing to people and deallers selling dual band and especailly uncomplient radios on ebay 

   This Fourum is about helping people and i try to help where i can, i can help you get licenced if intrested

    Regards Paul