I tried that. The problems are:
1. Handheld VHF is 5w and aerial at deck
height vs saloon VHF 25w and aerial at mast
height so better transmission
2. Handheld slides around and gets in the way.
3. Batteries go flat quickly.
4. Can plug
in to electric
socket to charge however line gets in the way.
5. Charge line and handheld corrode and fail.
All my gear
. However after a bit of a study I thought that the Garmin
VHF200i had better features. I can actually fit a wireless handset GHS20i to my Garmin VHF200i and have all the functions. However I was sure that the battery
would be flat just when I needed it and so went with the wired GHS10i. (Storm Force in Queens Rd East have all these)
Take care with whatever model you decide on that it can have a second mic. The Ray50 can't, needs to be the Ray60, which is wider. Also most new VHF radios force the owner to connect a GPS
signal (very easy to do). That is to get a position for DSC
. If you don't connect a GPS
position the radio
gives you an audible warning every so often and that function to do that cannot be cancelled!
PS get an MMSI number (not sure how in HK, but will be the maritime authorities) you will need that for AIS and also good to put into your VHF for DSC)