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    Posted: 06 Jan 2019 at 10:27am
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I got a Uniden handheld Marine VHF for Christmas.
I tried it at mother in law's house in New Plymouth with their weather channel 20 and it seemed to work fine.
Now I'm trying it out at my backyard in Te Atatu Peninsula in Auckland but even with sql at 0, I'm not getting a clear reception of ch19 and just a little better reception of ch64.
Anyone using these in Auckland and happy with it? 
Do I really get on the water to try it properly? 
Thanks!

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Mysto, marine vhf is line of sight comms, maybe drive somewhere up higher than where you live and see if the reception improves, I am sure it will.

Meaning you live too far below the line of sight or are shielded by objects, even hills. You may even need a long external aerial mounted on your house/garage but even then not guaranteed.
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Uniden are a great little set,when they say water proof,B/S shower proof only,and yes as Catchelot said,line of sight,if I stand on the garage roof works fine but on the ground no,Papakura.
water water everywhere,how many fish does it hold?
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Thanks guys. So it should work on the water then?

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My uniden works fine on water not so good on land not made for city use - usually Rx ok but Tx not so!  don't forget to get a call sign see coastguard website for details. 
Good fishing trip nothing breaks, great trip catch fish.
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