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anaisdog

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new fixed radio?
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:55:18 AM »

hi all, my fixed marine radio is really old and pretty much doesn't work .  someone also mounted a antenna on the port side, cabintop which i could never use because every time i tacked the jib, it would get hung up on it.  and that hole leaks.  what, for not ocean travel, but just inner lake travel, would you recommend and as far as I know, there is no network, on the boat, to connect to.

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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2020, 02:54:11 PM »

Anais : I'd remove that antenna from the cabin top (plug the holes) and either install an antenna on the rear pushpit or on the top of the mast. 
I wrote an article on installing a wind instrument wiring on the top of the mast with the mast inplace. You could do the same with the radio Coax cable.

A few thoughts
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2020, 07:37:37 PM »

becki

How far do you travel?  Would a handheld be an option?  Simple solution.
Or do you use a h/h now?
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2020, 02:36:42 AM »

Are you on the Great Lakes?  You might consider one with an AIS receiver like the Standard Horizon VHF Matrix AIS/GPS GX2200.  It'll show ship traffic, has DSC and doubles as a backup GPS.

Do you need to use the radio at the helm? 
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2020, 06:58:55 AM »

I would recommend all three.  I've got a mast-head antenna and would not use anything else.  My old VHF was fried in an electrical storm a few years back and I replaced it with a Standard Horizon VHF Matrix AIS/GPS GX2200.  I sail on the great lakes (sometimes at night) and like the AIS.  I've got a RAM mic at the helm.  I've also got a hand-held as a backup...

...but a handheld as a primary is certainly an inexpensive way to go...limited range and you don't to find you're out of battery in an emergency situation.

Hope it helps.
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2020, 10:19:04 AM »

Ron, can you send me the article you wrote - anaisdog@yahoo.com?  my wind instrument doesn't work either
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2020, 10:33:22 AM »

there is an antennea at the mast but we don't know if it works, yet.  and i have a handheld, a cell phone and i'll get a solar charger for the cell.  i may not need a fixed but i do need the hole fixed.

thanks for the recommendations
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2020, 01:04:04 PM »

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i may not need a fixed

IMHO  a fixed VHF is high on my list for safety equipment.  Being able to use it and hear it at the helm is another safety item.  DSC and AIS are really nice.  I like having the channel usage displayed ie 16 emergency and hailing, don't have all them memorized.  I amazed some friends by talking to a freighter about his and my intentions on a bridge to bridge channel.  Freighters generally won't respond to ch 16 unless it's an emergency because they have to log it in, everyone hates paperwork.  Often happy to talk on one of the other channels. 
Handhelds are great, but have limited range and limited battery time. 
Calling 911 on a cellphone  doesn't get you directly to the Coast Guard and doesn't notify other boats in the area you are in distress.

Just my 2 cents,
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2020, 01:29:41 PM »

Beckie : If you have an an antenna on the top of the mast, you have a coax wire inside the mast and don't need my article.
 
You need to get someone to do some checking and find out exactly what you have and what is and is not working!!!

Safety wise I would NEVER depend on a handheld VHF.

As far as plugging the old deck antenna hole.  You can always plug it with a stainless nut & bolt (use some butyl rubber/caulk) until the job can be done permanently!!

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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2020, 03:45:39 PM »

I would recommend getting the mast head antenna sorted out and fixed  so you can have a fixed mount VHF as well as a hand held.  You should also consider getting a cockpit remote mike for it as well. I have my Garmin GPS wired to the radio so my GPS position is not only visible on the cockpit mike but is also sent out with any DSC messages.  One find day, I inadvertently sent out a distress call and the coast guard knew not only who I was but exactly where I was (on my mooring).   It was an inadvertent but very worthwhile test of the radio, GPS and the coast guard's response.
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2020, 02:05:36 PM »


I just installed a Standard Horizon 1850G (built in GPS & NMEA2000/0183 compatible) as I already have a AIS setup.  The 1850GWith built in GPS the DSC emergency alert system is ready to go, just sign up for a free MMSI number, enter the number into the radio and you're good to go. ($185 after rebate)

VHF at the masthead seems like the best option but a whip on the stern is a bit easier of an install.

The latest Standard Horizon is the GX2400 w/ AIS as well as (finally) NMEA2000 and NMEA0813 and GPS.  (current price $370)
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Re: new fixed radio?
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2020, 08:37:23 PM »

I'm a big fan of the icom 506.  That said, if you don't already have an AIS, the Vesper Cortex is the cats pajammas as far as radios is concerned.
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