VHF radio to clip to pfd
Posted by: kaptynkayak on Nov-29-13 6:37 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
It is time to replace my old Standard Horizon radio that I have had clipped to my life vest the last 6 years. I would appreciate any recommendations or input that could be shared. I have a budget of $125 and carry it year round in salt water. It is only carried for emergencies. Thank you in advance.
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Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-29-13 10:43 PM (EST)
Well I have a Standard Horizon HX 300. What I like about it. Its small, it floats and even if its off if it goes into the water it starts flashing a strobe light to make it easy to find in the dark.
Posted by: kaptynkayak on Nov-30-13 5:25 AM (EST)
I'll look into the DCS thing, it sounds like exactly what I need. The size and cost may keep me from buying it this year, but like everything else, I'm sure they will get smaller and cheaper.
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Posted by: bnystrom on Nov-30-13 12:26 PM (EST)
Posted by: kayakboy on Nov-30-13 3:00 PM (EST)
What radio does fit in the pocket of the new C-Vest? I am getting ready to purchase a radio for that vest.
Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-30-13 4:20 PM (EST)
Standard Horizon HX 300 fits into my C-vest radio pocket BUT its a tight fit. Only reason its tight is the one thing I don't like about this radio is that in order to attach a lanyard cord it has to attached to the belt clip which makes the radio thicker. If the radio had some kind of attachment point for a lanyard without the belt clip it would easily fit into my radio pocket.
Posted by: zx1012r on Dec-03-13 7:55 PM (EST)
I have an HX300 and a c-vest pfd. I pushed the pin out of the removable clip and then tied the lanyard through the hole left by the pin and re-installed into the back of the radio. Much thinner profile.
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Posted by: dc9mm on Dec-04-13 1:39 PM (EST)
I never thought about modifying the clip.I will do that and also contact them to see if I can get an extra belt clip. Thanks
Posted by: Ian_montrose on Dec-01-13 3:45 AM (EST)
If it is literally only for emergencies you might consider a PLB like the McMurdo FastFind or ACR ResQLink. These are more effective as a MAYDAY option than a VHF but are no use for any other type of comms. They use satellite (so do not have the reception limitations of VHF), are much more waterproof than a VHF handheld, transmit your GPS coordinates when activated and have a battery life of 5 or 6 years so require no charging or other maintenance between trips.