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Postby roblegion » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:18 am

Hi all, reasonably new to this, I intend to take my Marine SRC soon (purely for when I am sailing) and I also intend to take my Foundation Licence exam.
The Marine side apart. I can't decide whether to buy a cheap (baofeng) hanheld or a cheap mobile (Car) that I could also use at home ( I have enough stabilised power supplies).
Any advice would be realty appreciated.

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Re: Newbie equipment

Postby m0lsx » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:56 am

Good luck with both of those.
A cheap Baofeng will soon go inside of a waterproof bag, with a tennis ball for buoyancy & cover marine, as well as the amateur radio 2 mtr & 70cm bands. It can be run at home on a base antenna, or in the car on a small cheap micro mag. HOWEVER. Many radios not designed as Marine radios have what are called a sprog, that is a radio generated signal on 156.000.
A car radio is good, in the sense that it is normally better built, with more power & better filtering. But it will not work when walking around.
I would say what you buy depends upon your needs. But do check there is no sprog on 156.000 before buying any radio is marine is of interest to you.
Now it is possible to buy a cheap handheld & a cheap dual band mobile for well under £100. And for a few £'s more a four band mobile that covers 10 meters FM, 6 meters FM, 2 meters FM & 70Cm. A much better radio drops 6 meters FM which is almost never of any use & replaces it with 4 meters FM, which can be an amazing band.
Depending on budget I think my choice would be a 10, 4, 2 & 70 radio.
Any cheap radio including a handheld can be used to work the amateur radio satellites & under £50 including Baofang & all materials gets you a working satellite set up with a handheld, home built antenna.
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Re: Newbie equipment

Postby roblegion » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:01 pm

Thanks M0LSX, I wouldn't be using the Baofeng type thingy for marine as I have a dedicated ship's DSC Marine radio. As you suggested I could have both for less than a ton.
I am just about to look at quad band prices as you suggested.
Ta. back soon.
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Re: Newbie equipment

Postby roblegion » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:12 pm

Whoa, just looked at quadband.
For the mo I think I'll go UV 5R and use my homemade antennas (156 tuned slim jim (that has amazing reception across a wideband for its simplicity) but I won't be using it for TX).

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