North Wales Kayak Fishing

The midland Atlantic vhf radio

this is my first impression review of this radio
firstly the official specs are as follows
• Transmission power: 5W
• High/Low power selection (5W/1W)
• Waterproof protection grade IP54 (Splash proof)
• 56 International channels
• Immediate access to emergency channel 16
• CALL key with 3 selectable tones
• SCAN/Dual watch function
• Keypad lock to prevent accidental calls
• Automatic squelch adjustment
• Roger Beep on/off
• VOX for hands free communications
• High/low power selection
• Battery low indicator
• Automatic battery saver
• Operates with: battery pack or 4 x AA batteries
• Audio accessory jack: 2 pin
This is a really nice radio it fits in the hand very comfortably this is not the fully waterproof model but it is shower proof it comes with a provided waterproof bag it is 5 watt power and has a hole host of features

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shown above is the the complete package which consists of a very comprehensive
user manual desktop cradle/stand and a waterproof bag for the radio it is superbly crafted and fits nicely in the hand all the control buttons are conveniently placed and clearly marked .

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I found the menu’s and buttons easy to navigate around and use even when in the waterproof bag I particularly like the soft feel of the buttons and the auto squelch feature of the radio

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shown here in vox mode this is for hands free transmissions.
the led screen is very easy to see and understand I tried the auto scan mode and could clearly hear Liverpool coastguard clearly who is about 28 miles from me I did try to speak to him but he could not hear me.note the easy layout of the buttons .

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seen here The midland atlantic in its provided waterproof bag. a handy extra with this is if it falls in the water then the air in the bag will stop the radio sinking .

I think this radio is fantastic value for money it is very easy to understand and use its ready to use straight out of the box .
I particularly like the large soft menu buttons which would be easy to use even with cold wet hands
The retail of this radio is £79.80

To operate a vhf marine radio legally you require a certificate of competence usually this is a 1 day course and an OFCOM portable ship licence

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