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My friends and I cruise sometimes together and then some days apart and we need a reliable way to communicate, phone signals being so poor. Anyone know about two way radios that don't cost a fortune?

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Cheap 2 way radio, that more importantly is unlicenced in the UK is normally PMR446. great to talk between two boats on a river but they are "line of sight" and of such low power as to be useless over any distance. You will see them advertised as 10km. But in reallity no where near that distance. My advice is stick to the mobile. A combination of text, call and e-mail must keep you in touch.

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There are a couple of Hams on here Lord Paul and Woodrose who will be along and put you right.

Captain Howe.

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but you don't suck a Stoat
into your jet engines.
Please leave the water and
banks as you would wish to
find them.

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CB radio is making a slow comeback, with new smaller rigs available.
They transmitt with 4 watts, have a range of around 4 miles on a clear run.
However.... There are still a group of brainless individuals, of all ages, that like to transmitt radio or music over the airwaves for hours at a time, and there is a lot of bad language, again all age groups. They block the breaking channehl 14 and mobile channel 19 so best to have a couple of other channels to use, but avoid channel 9 as this was supposed to be the emergency channel, but I doubt anybody monitors it  as such.



best regards, Richard.

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I'd go down the PMR route. They are great fun. They add something to the trip. My sister and her family have one on their boat, and we have another. Even though we are within sight of each other (a rope's throw away), it saves shouting.

One can pick them up cheap, and even if they don't do 4Km, what does that matter, cruising in company means usually being close to each other,so PMR radios are ideal.

It adds another dimension to your hols, and you don't need any qualifications to use it. Buy a pair and go for it. One on its own is useless ;-)

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Only just seen this thread, sorry for the late reply.

I would have thought PMR would have been quite adequate on the Broads, but as has been said the claimed several Km range is only in ideal conditions.

One word of warning though. You can find radios on a certain auction site by the name of B**feng for around the same price as legal (type approved) PMR sets. Be aware that these sets will emit higher than legal power, are not type approved, but will still transmit on PMR frequencies, but with greater range. Use of them however is not legal.

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We have used PMR on the Broads for many years quite successfully when cruising in company or moving our boats around with SWMBO in one and me in the others (Motor cruiser and YBOD towed with dory). We have also used them very successfully on a trip in Ethiopia with friends. We were in two Landcruisers and our drivers were most impressed that we could keep in touch. Not sure it was entirely legal there though! They also worked well on skiing trips. Range obviously depends on the terrain but the Broads are flat!

Phil



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Quote" CB radio is making a slow comeback, with new smaller rigs available.
They transmitt with 4 watts, have a range of around 4 miles on a clear run.
However.... There are still a group of brainless individuals, of all ages, that like to transmitt radio or music over the airwaves for hours at a time, and there is a lot of bad language, again all age groups. They block the breaking channehl 14 and mobile channel 19 so best to have a couple of other channels to use, but avoid channel 9 as this was supposed to be the emergency channel, but I doubt anybody monitors it  as such." Unquote.

Also there are some odd people who follow you around. A few years ago we had two boats each equipped with CB radio and they were following our conversations and following the boats by car and turning up on the river bank. They really should have got lives.

Next time we went on the boats with CB radios we used code words instead of place names and that foxed 'em.  Evil Grin



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PMR446 is OK travelling down river between boats but any obstruction will mask the very weak 0.5W signal. So two boats crossing Barton fine. One boat in Gays other doing the shopping in Stalham and you want to say get another bag spuds, forget it!

Chris.

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