I found this forum after trying a web-search on this subject, and you are probably the best folks to ask. Let me preface my question by saying that I know next-to-nothing about radios in general, not like the users of this forum…
A few years ago, I had a small sailboat, and of course immediately picked up a small handheld VHF radio (iCom IC-M34) to have aboard. Unfortunately, after a year or two I no longer had the boat, but did end up with this radio among the necessary bits in my bag from it. It works perfectly, and seems to hold a charge forever.
My question is, is it reasonable or legal or feasible to keep this unit charged and in my car, say, for emergency use in case of injury or accident in a remote place on land? I’d love for my wife and I to at least have something around with which we might summon help if there’s a crisis and cellphones or landlines are not an option.
I realize, of course that the channels on the marine VHF are reserved in many cases for different purposes, and that this radio was not intended for this.
So would I be a fool to think an emergency message could reach help, or (worse yet) would I be breaking the law by trying to use this while on land (and not communicating with a marine vessel)?
Should I just give or sell this to another boater?
Thanks for indulging my question, and, if so moved, for replying.