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by andynormancx
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

The theoretical extra range is two miles, from 16 miles to 18 miles. This is based on the height of the Coast Guard antenna being 30 metres, the height your handheld normal is of 0.5 metres and the height with the Galaxy of 2 metres. I used this line of sight distance calculator https://www.qsl.net/...
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

My ICOM in comparison did not, though I believe they did an adapter for it to get a BNC out.
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

The antenna on my Standard Horizon attaches with an SMA connector so there are definitely some handhelds this could connect to.
by andynormancx
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

The socks on my Typhoon are still dry after a couple of years of frequent use.
by andynormancx
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Fusion for Sale!
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Pyranha Fusion for Sale!

They come in different sizes, people will probably need to know which size it is.
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Etrex
Replies: 16
Views: 460

Re: Old Etrex

Does the old Etrex actually work, given the GPS bugs that had to be patched over the last few years ?
by andynormancx
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 19
Views: 2881

Re: Gloves

A similar issue cropped up a few weeks ago. try an extra layer of thermals. it might help keep your central body core temp up a weee bit. also some sort of headcover, a thin neoprene hood or a buff works great and keeps 40% of the heat in The “you lose 40% of you heat through your head” stuff is a ...
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: First aid kit contents

I carry one in my BA now, very slimmed down. It has: One Israeli style trauma dressing A couple of individual dressings A roll of electrical tape (thinking of replacing with self amalgamating tape) Pair of surgical gloves A face shield (all in a very small dry bag that just fits in my BA pocket) I a...
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camping power pack
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Camping power pack

I recommend Anker for general power banks. I’ve also got a NOCO jump starter pack, which is ok too.
by andynormancx
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

Thanks for raising this issue as I think it is important to check the antenna before each trip and not sure many people do it I'm not sure unwinding the antenna before every trip is a good plan. Mine already has a small crease in it from some clumsy unwinding, I don't think it is really designed fo...
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

Mine lives in my BA pocket, without any extra protection. It gets regular dunks in sea water.

I give it a good soak in fresh water after any sea water dunk. I pull the antenna out occasional to check it, there are no signs yet (after ~2 years) of it getting any harder to deploy.
by andynormancx
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

It is true that it is harder to estimate the remaining charge in lithium cells than some other battery chemistries. The problem is that the discharge curve is much flatter, in other chemistries the voltage drops much more as the battery depletes. In devices like laptops and phone the remaining charg...
by andynormancx
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED: Tiderace Xtra HV
Replies: 0
Views: 278

WANTED: Tiderace Xtra HV

Wanted, a used Tiderace Xtra HV.
by andynormancx
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1403

Re: Towing eyes

On my Subaru Impreza I use the screw in eye to tie down the front of my sea boat, rather than the under-body ones. The reason I use the screw in one is that it means you don't have to run the strap over the body work. On all the cars I've ever owned, to secure a boat from the under-body loop, you'd ...
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1403

Re: Towing eyes

You are talking about two different things. One of you is talking about the tie down loops under the body work that are there to stop vehicles moving about when they are being shipped (and on some vehicles at least are not designed for towing the vehicle with). The other one is talking about the tow...
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 960

Re: charts, paper or download?

Charts for the whole UK, £25. Print any area you like. https://www.memory-map.co.uk/maps/marine/2019-memory-map-marine-charts Thanks, that looks good, although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only) And the Mac version is bloody awful, especially the printing. Which is wh...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 960

Re: charts, paper or download?

I’ve played this with a few of the chart apps so far (on iPhone and iPad). None of them that I’ve tried have built in printing support. The best you can do with them is take screenshots and print those.
by andynormancx
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 35
Views: 2359

Re: VHF and training

Even better if everything was wirelessly chargable - no charging socket to fail, and again one charger does all. If you were on expedition, relying on a powerbank, you definitely wouldn't want all your devices wirelessly (inductive) charging. At best inductive charging is only 80% efficient, in pra...
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED: Large River Runner Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: WANTED: Large River Runner Kayak

Derroll from Nucleus Watersports here in Essex has got a Super Hero for sale for £350.

Search Nucleus Watersports on Facebook.
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 35
Views: 2359

Re: VHF and training

The Aquaquake function on my ICOM didn't seem to make any real difference.
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 35
Views: 2359

Re: VHF and training

I was definitely tempted by the slimmer Standard Horizon HX40E when it came out. I've had the speaker distortion, but then I had that with the ICOM I had before so assumed it was typical. I've found just giving it a good slap dislodges most of the water. I've not had the mic problem, though admitted...
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 35
Views: 2359

Re: VHF and training

Unless you want a DSC radio, I'd recommend the Standard Horizon HX300E. Pros: - not too bulky - floats - nice big channel numbers - doesn't need a proprietary charger (charges via a standard USB cable) - not too pricey at around £100 - battery lasts for ages in standby Cons: - only operates from its...
by andynormancx
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1830

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

Well he is supposed to be...

But it is massively delayed, they don't expect to start shooting until next year. So it must be another film.

https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a2770 ... rd-update/
by andynormancx
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

I would recommend the Anker one, but sadly it seems like they don't make it any more. I'll been looking after the ones we have carefully...
by andynormancx
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Multiple kayaking items
Replies: 11
Views: 866

Re: Multiple kayaking items

I'd be interested in the map case, if it is still available.
by andynormancx
Thu May 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)
Replies: 17
Views: 3037

Re: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)

That website doesn't exist any more, I assume this is the same document ?

http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science ... 44-251.pdf
by andynormancx
Thu May 02, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS for sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: GPS for sea kayaking

Stay clear of the touch screen ones, not good to use with wet hands. I have a Garmin eTrex 30x, which is waterproof enough for kayaking use that I put it in my deck hatch without any extra waterproofing. Battery life is excellent and the mapping on it is reasonably usable despite the small screen. I...
by andynormancx
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 24
Views: 1484

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

The link works fine for me (on Chrome on the desktop).
by andynormancx
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3846

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

5 minutes with the airgun and it's silky smooth. Maybe this highlights the real issue... None of my three Werners (I returned the first two after repeated jams) have had a button that would be described as "silky smooth" even when it doesn't have sand jammed in it. In all three of them the toleranc...
by andynormancx
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3846

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

You’d also need to check it was sand and not a bit of non silicon oxide based grit ;)