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Wanted radio for vhf marine band any thoughts please

Post by WARLOCK » 21 May 2019, 19:41

As i live close to the wash ( norfolk / cambridgeshire border ) and there not much to listern to i am thinking of tring the marine band being next to all that water and ports in the wash , what would be the best type of radio and antenna i should go for i will be using them homebase as i am 73 and disabled mostly housebound ?.cheap as possable.

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Post by scan125 » 22 May 2019, 14:22

Well you have two basic options:

1) Go for a dedicated VHF marine transceiver. One can be obtained for a little over £100. See https://www.force4.co.uk/department/ele ... rder=price

Of course it goes without saying you should not transmit.

Most of these marine unit also support scanning and duplex channels, priority scan and watch.

2) Alternatively for a more traditional scanner that covers the marine VHF channels. The Uniden UBC125XLT will do this. It can be used as a base station scanner and driven from a PC will full virtual control with my free Scan125 Control Program. Although scanners do working in frequencies as opposed channels the UBC125XLT will tell you what marine channel you are listening to and you can skip up/down the channels. The scanner display will how for example CH2R 161.9000 (MHz). With Scan125 you get the ability to do all of this and enter CH26R when programming a memory bank instead of entering 161.9

There are also good desktop scanners that cover the VHF Marine some of which are possibly able to be controlled from a PC if that is what you would like to do.

A point to remember/take not of is that VHF is line of sight so buildings, hills, etc. can drastically affect your reception ability.

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Post by WARLOCK » 22 May 2019, 16:02

I HAVE A UNIDEN UBC785XLT SOME WHERE IF I CAN FIND THIS OUT WOULD THIS BE ANY GOOD TO GET ME STARTED , ANY THOUGHTS AS TO A ANTENNA ??

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Post by ch25 » 22 May 2019, 17:22

Antennas we discussed in other threads you created. There is no more to add.
You can't have too many antennas...

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Post by milly » 22 May 2019, 18:03

WARLOCK wrote:
22 May 2019, 16:02
I HAVE A UNIDEN UBC785XLT SOME WHERE IF I CAN FIND THIS OUT WOULD THIS BE ANY GOOD TO GET ME STARTED , ANY THOUGHTS AS TO A ANTENNA ??
It will be fine. Little point in spending money on a newer one just for the sake of it being newer.
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Post by scan125 » 22 May 2019, 18:22

milly wrote:
22 May 2019, 18:03
WARLOCK wrote:
22 May 2019, 16:02
I HAVE A UNIDEN UBC785XLT SOME WHERE IF I CAN FIND THIS OUT WOULD THIS BE ANY GOOD TO GET ME STARTED , ANY THOUGHTS AS TO A ANTENNA ??
It will be fine. Little point in spending money on a newer one just for the sake of it being newer.
Absolutely agree. WARLOCK did not say he already had a scanner when he posted. Not a problem or criticism as follow-up post are perfectly valid and will be of help to others.

Taking this topic slightly to one side but comparing to Marine Channel XX vs Freq nnn.yyyy MHz where if your have a scanner that does not decode frequency to marine channel then a simple crib sheet will save you a load of money. Same goes for the MASSIVE confusion of the Air Band 8.33kHz drama that always seems to create new posts, resurrect previously answered/solved explanations.

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Post by WARLOCK » 23 May 2019, 17:01

scan125, please can you help in telling me what frequencies i should be searching for the marine channels 156.000 to what ? For the civil air band i am scanning 108 - 137 with 8.33 steps is this correct ,
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Post by Admiral » 24 May 2019, 08:03

You asked this same question in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2018.
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Post by scan125 » 24 May 2019, 10:28

WARLOCK wrote:
23 May 2019, 17:01
scan125, please can you help in telling me what frequencies i should be searching for the marine channels 156.000 to what ? For the civil air band i am scanning 108 - 137 with 8.33 steps is this correct ,
from WARLOCK - George - 26TM134
https://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/s ... annels.htm
http://info.yachtcom.co.uk/VHF/
http://www.g4nsj.co.uk/marine.shtml

http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/in ... id=13.html

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Post by WARLOCK » 24 May 2019, 14:33

scan125, Thanks for your help ,
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