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#233708 29-Apr-2018 10:01
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Hi I have purchased a Motorolla Talkabout T600 walkie talkie set and being a total novice I am a bit lost as to what channels I can access. Their frequency settings listed FRS/GMRS 462 - 467 MHz in the Ultra High Frequency(UHF) Band seem to be different to NZ ones that I have checked out but I really am a little confused by the whole thing. Can anybody put in plain english (non technical) what channels i will safely be able to access. Primary use will be when out kayak fishing off the coastal areas.

 

Thanks in advance.


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  #2004423 29-Apr-2018 10:11
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Your radio is illegal to use in New Zealand. 

 

Using it here will mean you're in breach of RSM rules and will very likely be prosecuted if you are caught using one of these devices in New Zealand.

 

If you purchased these from somebody in NZ you should return the product and also report the seller to RSM so they can be prosecuted. If you purchased the radios overseas and can't return them you'll just have to accept it as a life experience and buy some new PRS radios in NZ that are legal to use here.

 

 


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  #2004427 29-Apr-2018 10:23
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@TerryRF You should of done more research on the operating freq of the device, Sounds like you did the research after purchasing it

 

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  #2004445 29-Apr-2018 10:56
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You need a marine VHF radio for kayaking.

 

You can have a chat on one channel and in case of emergency you hit the channel 16 button and everyone within earshot can hear you and you have a much better chance of survival.

 

I am a kayak fisherman ( still learning ) and would never get in the water without a VHF handheld as a minimum.

 

I know you will pay more for a waterproof handheld VHF here but it might save your or a friends life one day. 

 

John 

 

Viking 400 kayak owner.

 

  





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  #2004448 29-Apr-2018 11:02
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Note though:

Any person operating a maritime VHF radio must hold, as a minimum requirement, a Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate (unless transmitting in an emergency or a distress situation). In addition, all maritime radio communications are required to be positively identified through the use of a Callsign (and in the case of a VHF DSC radio, an MMSI).


From https://www.boatingeducation.org.nz/courses/3/maritime-vhf-radio-operator-certificate



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#2004485 29-Apr-2018 11:57
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Thanks to everyone for their responses. I have not received the items as yet so am attempting to cancel my order after getting the facts. Pity they don't mention that they are not suitable this on their webpage when they are advertising the product but I also should do a bit more research 1st. Hopefully I'l get my money back.

 

So in light of all said any recommendations as to a brand on the market reasonably priced to now look at getting.

 

As before stated to be used for kayak fishing on my PF400. 

 

 


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  #2004487 29-Apr-2018 12:01
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Is this a New Zealand based seller?

 

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  #2004514 29-Apr-2018 12:49
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No I purchased off EBay in AU


 
 
 
 


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  #2004561 29-Apr-2018 13:50
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Not even sure if they are legal in AU either.





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  #2004579 29-Apr-2018 15:21
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The Uniden ones are quite good value.  I have the slightly cheaper one than this: https://www.amazon.com/Uniden-MHS75-Handheld-Submersible-Marine/dp/B001J5MQ20/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1524971988&sr=8-2&keywords=uniden+vhf

 

I bought a two-pack from Amazon for less than the price of a single one in NZ.  Just make sure they have the international maritime VHF channels.


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  #2004580 29-Apr-2018 15:23
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richms:

 

Not even sure if they are legal in AU either.

 

 

They're not.


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  #2004581 29-Apr-2018 15:24
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As for replacements it really depends what the purpose of radios are. It's no point having a radio to take out to see if nobody else can hear you if you get in trouble. The advantage of a marine radio is CH16 (or the local channel) where you could call for assistance.

 

 


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  #2004583 29-Apr-2018 15:24
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OP - the other thing to consider getting, if you're heading offshore is a PLB.  The ones here are very good value:

 

https://www.skippersmate.co.nz/

 

 


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