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#1 aranzuglia

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 03:56 PM

Hi there,

 

I've looking to VHF radios and would like to ask you the following, keeping in mind that will be used for emergency purposes only:

  • Do I need an operator license?
  • Do I need a call sign?
  • Can you suggest an entry level model? Uniden? Baofeng?

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#2 erice

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 05:00 PM

to buy and listen in to usual traffic - no licence is required

 

to broadcast in emergency - no licence is required

 

to transmit a trip report to coastguard or otherwise "talk" to somone else - a licence and call sign is required

 

early next year?

 

nz vhf channels will be shuffled slightly to suit new international regs.

 

won't affect auckland much

 

but some places like kaikoura 

 

will end up with channels that aren't currently programmed on to vhf sold in nz

 

so either wait until next year to buy

 

or buy something cheap off trademe to use until then

 

or buy something new that the seller will reprogram next year


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Posted 11 November 2015 - 06:54 PM

the channel changes next year wont require any change to your radio, you will just use different channels than you do now in some places.


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#4 aranzuglia

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:06 PM

Thank for your answers.

So, it's always needed to program the radios. Isn't it possible to select the frequency using the buttons on the unit? I'm thinking in buying from China.

Any thoughts in Baofeng UV-5R?

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 09:00 PM

Whatever the name of the department that is doing the changes have said that hardware changes will not be necessary, I did suggest they publiscise that more due to the variety of other information floating around....


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 05:57 AM

Beofeng UV-5r is not a Marine Radio. It is an amateur Ham Radio unit. Wrong thing.

Because you don't understand much about this, I really really strongly advise you go to a NZ retailer and buy one. You are going to need a lot of advise.
Buying from overseas when you have no clue will likely have you end up with a unit that will not work in NZ, not the right thing for Marine use and no one to be able to help you with advise on how to operate it.
Another advantage with a proper Marine Handheld is being waterproof and floats. A huge advantage safety wise. If you ever end up in the water, which is highly possible with a Nolex22, you may need to operate it from in the water or at least, very wet situation.


 


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#7 erice

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:07 AM

Do I need a new radio?

No, your current maritime VHF set will be able to access all the available channels after the changes take place. However you may need to switch to a new channel number to continue to access your local repeater or listen to the weather forecast.

 

http://www.rsm.govt....ter-allocations


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:13 AM

some discussion on using the baofeng as a marine handheld

 

I'm about to order a UV-5R to play around with. I'm in need of a handheld marine VHF and want to make sure I can use it for this purpose. 

 

Nope. Not Part 80 approved. Also not waterproof, another important consideration.

 

You can program the marine frequencies into them and they will work like a charm. 

But they are not legal to use as marine radios.

 

http://www.ar15.com/...VHF_radio_.html


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#9 SthnJeff

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 08:56 AM

It will cost you $45 to do an online VHF operators course through Coastguard Education. It lasts a lifetime. Takes a couple of hours or so. As the Nike slogan says "just do it".

 

You never know when you may actually need to use it.


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 09:11 AM

It will cost you $45 to do an online VHF operators course through Coastguard Education. It lasts a lifetime. Takes a couple of hours or so. As the Nike slogan says "just do it".

 

You never know when you may actually need to use it.

http://www.boatinged...r-certificate/ 


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