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Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

I bought a Standard Horizon HX851 handheld VHF, with GPS and DSC, but it has one problem I didn't anticipate - it's a bit too bulky to wear when I'm single-handing and moving around on deck so I don't tend to wear it.

An alternative idea would be to get a really small handheld, that would fit on my belt without getting in the way (or inside the life jacket). It wouldn't have GPS and DSC, but it'd be better than nothing...

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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

My handheld works pretty good except when I'm down low, inside the boat. I wonder how far you could transmit from the water in a life jacket. My guess is not far.
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

I'm not a fan of the built in GPS/DSC functions for a hand held... I've outlined why elsewhere in the forum.

regarding a small handheld that would be appropriate for a belt, iCom makes a model that should fit the bill; IC-M88 VHF Marine Transceiver - Features - Icom America
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

Kokatat (among others) makes kayaking PFDs that will nicely carry a handheld radio. The pocket in the center of this one is designed to fit most handheld radios:
Kokatat | OutFIT Tour PFD - Sea Kayaking - Activity

These are cut for kayaking, but as class III PFDs they work fine on sailboats too. Most of my "good" PFDs are kayaking ones because I was into sea kayak touring before I got into sailing.
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

I've seen PFDs with BUILT IN radios . . . Can't say much more than that, though. Cool idea but was probably made in some back alley in China using arsenic based paint.
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

Check out Spinlock's PFD's-we don't have one yet but thinking of switching over. $$ though, but thinking the extra safety features may be worth it.
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

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I'm not a fan of the built in GPS/DSC functions for a hand held... I've outlined why elsewhere in the forum.

regarding a small handheld that would be appropriate for a belt, iCom makes a model that should fit the bill; IC-M88 VHF Marine Transceiver - Features - Icom America
Do you have a link for why you don't like the gps/dsc handhelds? Search did not bring it up.
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Do you have a link for why you don't like the gps/dsc handhelds? Search did not bring it up.
Choosing/spec'ing VHF radio?
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

If you need to change the MMSI no. when you sell the boat you can, you just send it back, at least with SH you do. They deleted the no. in my last radio for free.

A strong argument FOR DSC in a handheld is range - while talk.might have a range of a few miles, DSC works over 2-3 times further.

Unfortunately, the main argument against is bulk!
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Re: Marine handheld small enough to fit in life jacket?

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If you need to change the MMSI no. when you sell the boat you can, you just send it back, at least with SH you do. They deleted the no. in my last radio for free.

A strong argument FOR DSC in a handheld is range - while talk.might have a range of a few miles, DSC works over 2-3 times further.

Unfortunately, the main argument against is bulk!
I think you can also keep the MMSI number and update the information on file- you can even do that on line with the Boat US site.
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