• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

Radios needed for lake excursions

Status
Not open for further replies.
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Messages
194
Location
New York N.Y.
#1
I go on multi-boat lake fishing trips with some friends. The problem is there is little or no cell coverage on the lakes and we need a way to communicate. The main lake (and biggest) we hit is approximately 6 miles long. Almost all of the lake is only 1/4 mile wide, with a few spots that are 3/4 miles wide. There are no obstructions. If if means anything for the answer, the lakes are around 1,500 feet above sea level. None of us are licensed Hams.

What kind of hand held radios are best to suit our needs? If at least one person on each boat had a class of Ham license, would we have better options?

Thanks
 
Joined
Jun 14, 2016
Messages
12
Location
Andover, Massachusetts
#2
Get some Marine VHF radios. Either Handheld or Boat Mounted. Those should work just fine and you’ll be able to call for help on Channel 16 if needed. You should have one anyway


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Messages
194
Location
New York N.Y.
#5

iMONITOR

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Sep 20, 2006
Messages
6,158
Location
MACOMB, MI.
#6
Thanks, but is it so much better than this model which is less than half the price:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J5MQ20/
Depends on your needs. The Cobra is 6W instead of 5W. It's also dual-band, VHF-Marine, and GMRS, meaning you increase your chances of contacting someone if you need help. GMRS can be used on water and land. VHF-Marine is for use on the water, not land. The Cobra also has: Rewind-Say-Again® - Replay missed VHF calls!
 

vagrant

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Nov 19, 2005
Messages
710
Location
California
#7
- The Cobra radio identifies that it offers Marine and GMRS frequencies for use. You will need a license to legally transmit on the GMRS frequencies. A license is $70, good for 10 years, and you can take care of it all online. Basically, you could use the GMRS while on land and the Marine side when you are on the water. (You could use GMRS frequencies on water too)

- The Uniden MHS75 is strictly Marine band for use on water. For communication on boats this should be fine. Using the low power setting may be enough, which extends battery life. Yes, 1 watt or even 2.5 watts should be enough. If you are going to talk often, purchase an extra battery for each one.

- You could get an Amateur Radio license, but you will need to take a test and typically pay a nominal fee around $15. An Amateur license provides you the ability to use entirely different frequencies. For what you want to do, this looks to be more hoops than you want to jump through. (Each boat would need a licensed operator)

* Based on your identified needs, a Uniden MHS75 in each boat would be the better option for your boat excursion. Fellow boaters would typically be monitoring Marine channel 16 for emergency use only. I have a GMRS license and I would purchase that Uniden over the Cobra.
 
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Messages
194
Location
New York N.Y.
#8
I was just about to purchase the Uniden MHS75, however, it only charges with a DC cigarette lighter outlet.

Three questions:

1 - Are normal outlet AC converter adapters reliable?

2 - Will this model work with either AA or AAA batteries?

2 - Any handheld marine radios that have more conventional charging mechanisms?
 

Rt169Radio

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
2,782
Location
CT
#9
I was just about to purchase the Uniden MHS75, however, it only charges with a DC cigarette lighter outlet.

Three questions:

1 - Are normal outlet AC converter adapters reliable?

2 - Will this model work with either AA or AAA batteries?

2 - Any handheld marine radios that have more conventional charging mechanisms?
1. Yes, but be careful because they are not made to be in outside type weather like on a boat for example

2. No, because its a battery pack one

3. No, because you need the charger to actually charge the battery pack, there is no other way to due that safely
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top