Advice about vhf or other offshore communications

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  • #10133
    Stuart Davison
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    What would you recommend for long range offshore comms?

    #10139
    Alan & Belinda
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    A bigger boat!
    But seriously what do define as long range? For coastal use, just about any VHF will do.

    #10140
    Stuart Davison
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    What is range of vhf? I thought 25-30 miles is that sufficient/ correct?

    #10141
    Alan & Belinda
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    Many factors affect range including quality of the radio and antenna, height of antenna, terrain (VHF is line of sight).

    That said it is the standard device to carry on a boat (along with a cell phone). SSB and ham might be carried offshore but I think more commonly it would be a sat phone or communicator like an InReach these days

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