emufingers wrote:Just wondering about a VHF radio. From the top of the sandhills you would have clear line of site to the Channel 83 repeater which is monitored in Victor andGoolwa. Also coast radio SA monitors channel 16 using very sensitive technology 24 hours. I know that 25 watt boat sets are received clearly in Adelaide on that netwrok, but I am not sure about a five watt handheld. It is quite possible however that it may work from the top of a sand hill. It would be worth someone with a handheld trying it out.
G'day Jerry. I am sure that a one hour walk closer to the mouth from where I was would bring a 5w radio into range. I was always within 3-4 hours walk of the mouth. Yes it would be a challenge, especially after a day and a bit of wandering, but there's always someone around the mouth.
I was within mobile phone range, especially at the top of a nearby sand dune, but sea water doesn't tend to improve the situation with anything electronic, and that's what caused the drama in the first place. A basic review of basic safety routines would have meant a much different scenario, even without any tecnnology. It was an over reliance on technology that caused the problem, not the lack of it. I had a waterproof pouch for the phone that would have prevented the whole event but didn't use it. I had a dry bag but didn't keep the phone in it. I could have left enough breadcrumbs on my walk to get back easily but didn't bother. Lots of shoulda's, woulda's, coulda's. Just goes to show that it is possible to come unstuck even with all the technology in the world.
I heard of a guy who perished in the outback when his four wheel drive fell on top of him while changing a tyre. The jack collapsed and trapped his arm. He had an epirb that was 30cm out of reach on the ground next to his trapped hand.
I will definitely look into a 5w hand held, and possibly an epirb too if I do another similar trip.
Water lapping against the hull, warm gentle breeze, fish straining on the line... how much sick leave do I have?
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