From: Ed Scott (
Date: Thu Apr 16 1998 - 11:35:22 PDT

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Subject: Re: EPIRB vs. VHF
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 98 11:35:22 -0700
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From: Ed Scott <>
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>2) Std. Communications HX255S Handheld VHF $259.99
> 5 watt (5 watt, better than most I think?)
> 16ch priority scan
> 3 year waterproof warrantee (I guess that covers leaks?)

You might check whether "waterproof" means "submersible." West Marine
has a write-up about this in their catalog. It may be waterproof, but if
it's not submersible under JIS whatever (30 minutes in 1 meter of water),
the 3 year warranty ain't gonna help you if you're in the channel with a
broken mast and it's starting to get dark. I totally agree with what a
friend said to me yesterday that even MIL-SPEC isn't tough enough for

Also, I think that Std. Communication unit is pretty big and you may have
a hard time carrying it. If it's inconvenient to carry, you might not
just when you need it.

I'd agree with the other comments on the EPIRB. I think I'd rather have
only a voice radio that works when I need it to as opposed to an
automatic device which may go off unexpectedly and a radio which may not
work when I need it to.


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