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MHS126
VHF MARINE RADIO
RADIO VHF MARITIME
OWNER'S MANUAL
GUIDE D'UTILISATION

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  • Page 1 MHS126 VHF MARINE RADIO RADIO VHF MARITIME OWNER’S MANUAL GUIDE D’UTILISATION...
  • Page 2 Making a Distress Call Speak slowly - clearly - calmly. For future reference, write your boat’s name & call sign here: 1. Make sure your radio is on. 2. On the radio, press the 16/9-Tri button to switch to Channel 16 (156.8 MHz).
  • Page 3 Faire un appel de détresse Faire un appel de détresse vocal Parlez lentement – clairement – calmement. Pour toute référence ultérieure, transcrivez ci-dessous le nom et l’indicatif d’appel de votre bateau : Vérifiez si votre radio est en marche. 16/9-Tri Appuyez sur la touche de la radio afin de commuter au canal 16 (156,8 MHz).
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Getting Started ....... E-4 Setting Up the Hardware ..E-17 What’s Included ....... E-4 Attaching the Antenna ... E-17 Parts of the MHS126 ....E-5 Installing the Battery ....E-17 Front view ......E-5 Using the Alkaline Battery Back view ......E-5 Tray ........
  • Page 5: Introduction

    This means that the speaker microphone is attached or the sealing plug is fitted, and the battery pack (or tray) and antenna are attached and securely fastened. Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 6 (NOAA) Weather Channel watch. Sounds a warning tone when a hazard alert is issued. Š SOS Strobe/Flashlight. A high intensity strobe LED can be set to blink an SOS pattern or to be steady on. Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 7 Š Key Lock. Locks keys to prevent accidentally changing channels or entering data. Š Nine weather channels. Š Selectable Volume (0 - 9) and Squelch (0 - 3) levels. Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    (batteries not included) MHS126 Radio DC Charging AC-DC Charging Adapter Adapter Screws for Charging Wrist Strap Belt Clip Cradle If any pieces are missing or damaged, contact Uniden Customer Care (see back cover for contact information). Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 9: Parts Of The Mhs126

    L/M/H button watch) button Mem (memory) Channel down SOS button button WX-Alert (weather-alert) button Scan-Dual Volume/ (scan-dual Strobe Squelch watch) button SOS light button Speaker Microphone Back view Battery Battery charging Battery Belt clip latch contacts Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 10 Switch from US to Lock the keys; press and UIC/LOCK Canadian or International hold again to unlock. channels. Change the transmit power L/M/H (see page E-9). Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 11: Charger

    Reading the display The LCD display shows different information depending on what you are doing. This sample screen shows some of this information. The following table shows all the possible icons and what they mean. Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 12: Display Icons And What They Mean

    TRIple Watch or DUAL Watch is turned on. TRI or DUAL The current channel is saved in memory. The radio is in Scan mode. SCAN The radio is in Weather mode Weather Alert Watch is turned on. Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 13 Icon What it means The battery is fully charged, mostly charged, half charged, mostly empty, or completely empty. Current channel number Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 14: How It Works

    Triple Watch for activity every 2 seconds. for 2 seconds. Private boats must monitor channel 16 whenever they are underway. Water-going vessels should have either Triple Watch or Dual Watch on at all times. E-10 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 15: Normal Mode Operation

    (If WX Alert you are actively transmitting, the Watch on radio waits until you finish your transmission before checking the weather channel.) E-11 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 16: Normal Mode With Triple Watch Or Dual Watch

    Resume Channel Up button or the signal stops. scan The radio scans about 5 channels in 0.5 seconds. Using the Radio in Scan Mode SCAN/DUAL Š To activate Scan mode, press E-12 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 17: Scan Mode With Weather Alert Watch

    WX Alert Watch on Scan mode with Triple Watch or Dual Watch If you activate Triple Watch while operating in Scan mode, the radio checks channels 16 and 9 every two seconds, E-13 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 18: Both Weather Alert And Triple/Dual Watch In Scan Mode

    In Weather mode, the radio monitors one of the nine NOAA weather channels. If any type of alert is received, the radio sounds an alert tone and the display blinks. E-14 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 19: Using The Radio In Weather Mode

    If an alert is detected, the radio sounds an alert tone and turns the speaker back on. This mode is very useful when you are anchoring for the night but want to keep informed of hazards. E-15 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 20: Weather Mode With Triple Watch Or Dual Watch

    Dual Watch turned on, the radio only checks channel 16. Monitoring Weather Channel WX08 09 16 09 16 09 16 Every 2 seconds, the radio checks channel 9, then channel 16 with Triple Watch on E-16 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 21: Setting Up The Hardware

    AAA-type alkaline batteries (not included). You can use alkaline batteries as a backup for the Li-Ion Polymer battery so you can still use your radio while your Li-Ion Polymer battery is recharging. E-17 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 22 Polymer battery (see page E-15). WARNING! The tray is designed to prevent the accidental charging of alkaline batteries. Never use alkaline batteries in the radio without the battery tray. Do not attempt to modify the battery tray design. E-18 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 23: Mounting The Charger

    After you remove the charger from the water, please contact our Customer Care Line. Š Wipe off dirt or shake water from your radio before placing in the charger if your radio gets dirty or wet. E-19 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 24: Important Notes On Charging The Battery

    To remove the belt clip: 1) Rotate the clip so that the finger indentation is towards the bottom of the radio. 2) Slide the clip up until it comes free of the anchor post. E-20 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 25: Using Your Radio

    O (for volume level 0 - 9) displays. CHANNEL UP CHANNEL DOWN Press to increase or VOL/SQ decrease the volume levels. Press to save. Setting the Squelch Level The MHS126 recognizes signals as transmissions if they exceed a signal strength threshold. E-21 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 26 (0 - 3). Press to save the setting. Note: Setting the squelch level too high may prevent you from hearing weaker transmissions. If you are having difficulty hearing a transmission, try setting the squelch level lower. E-22 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 27: Reading Volume And Squelch Level On Battery Icon

    Weather Alert mode. The radio then monitors the current weather channel and alerts you to any broadcast weather alerts or notifications. The icon displays to indicate that WX Alert is on. E-23 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 28: Making A Transmission

    In most situations, 1W transmission power is all you need. If you find yourself far away from other stations and have trouble getting a response, you may need to boost the transmission power from 1W to 2.5W or 6W. E-24 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 29: Saving Channels To Memory

    You must have at least 2 channels in memory in order to use Scan mode. Channel 70 and WX channels cannot be stored into memory. SCAN/DUAL Press again to remove the channel from memory. E-25 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 30: Special Features

    You may need to turn off the radio first. Setting Key Lock You can lock and unlock the keypad by pressing and UIC/LOCK holding . If Key Lock is on, only PTT, Boost, and E-26 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 31: Using The External Speaker/Mic Jack

    Insert the special gasketed plug and screw down the shell, which prevents water from entering the jack. For details, consult your dealer or contact Uniden Customer Care directly (see back cover for contact information).
  • Page 32: Maintenance And Troubleshooting

    The radio won’t lists starting on page E-27). transmit. Check the battery power level; if it’s low, charge the battery before trying to transmit. Make sure the duration of each transmission is less than 5 minutes. E-28 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 33 Try turning off scanning, Weather Alert Watch, Triple Watch, or Dual Watch (see page E-8). Where can I find my The serial number is on a plate inside the radio’s serial number? battery compartment. E-29 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 34: Specifications

    Power Output 1.0 W & 2.5W & 6W Spurious Emissions 70 dBc Current Drain 1400 mA (6W) nominal Receiver Double Conversion Super Heterodyne Type Phase Locked Loop system for Local Oscillator Frequency Range 156~164 MHz E-30 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 35 +5.0 dB @ 500 Hz; -6 dB @ 2000Hz Audio Frequency Response (nominal) Adjacent Channel Selectivity 80 dB @ ±25 kHz (nominal) Audio Output Power 1.0 W @10% THD (nominal) Squelched: 38 mA; Max. Audio: 230 mA Current Drain (nominal) E-31 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 36: Channels And Frequencies (Mhz

    Duplex Marine operator 25 161.850 157.250 Duplex Marine operator 26 161.900 157.300 Duplex Marine operator 27 161.950 157.350 Duplex Marine operator 28 162.000 157.400 Duplex Marine operator 63A 156.175 156.175 Simplex Vessel traffic system E-32 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 37 83A 157.175 157.175 Simplex Government 84 161.825 157.225 Duplex Marine Operator 85 161.875 157.275 Duplex Marine Operator 86 161.925 157.325 Duplex Marine Operator 87 157.375 157.375 Simplex Marine Operator 88 157.425 157.425 Simplex Commercial (Ship-Ship) E-33 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 38: Canadian Channel Frequencies And Names

    24 161.800 157.200 Duplex Marine Operator 25 161.850 157.250 Duplex Marine Operator 26 161.900 157.300 Duplex Marine Operator 27 161.950 157.350 Duplex Marine Operator 28 162.000 157.400 Duplex Marine Operator 60 160.625 156.025 Duplex Marine Operator E-34 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 39 Simplex Canadian Coast Guard 84 161.825 157.225 Duplex Marine Operator 85 161.875 157.275 Duplex Marine Operator 86 161.925 157.325 Duplex Marine Operator 87 157.375 157.375 Simplex Port Operation 88 157.425 157.425 Simplex Port Operation E-35 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 40: International Channel Frequencies And Names

    25 161.850 157.250 Duplex Marine operator 26 161.900 157.300 Duplex Marine operator 27 161.950 157.350 Duplex Marine operator 28 162.000 157.400 Duplex Marine operator 60 160.625 156.025 Duplex Marine operator 61 160.675 156.075 Duplex Marine operator E-36 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 41 83 161.775 157.175 Duplex Port operation 84 161.825 157.225 Duplex Marine operator 85 161.875 157.275 Duplex Marine operator 86 161.925 157.325 Duplex Marine operator 87 157.375 157.375 Simplex Marine operator 88 157.425 157.425 Simplex Marine operator E-37 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 42 Weather channel frequencies and names Channel WX01 162.5500 WX02 162.4000 WX03 162.4750 WX04 162.4250 WX05 162.4500 WX06 162.5000 WX07 162.5250 WX08 161.6500 WX09 161.7750 E-38 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 43: Regulations And Safety Warnings

    If you hear a distress call, wait a few minutes to let a shore station or Coast Guard vessel respond. If no other station has responded after 5 minutes, you must respond to the distress call. E-39 Uniden MHS126 Radio Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 44: Fcc Rf Exposure Information

    Unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment may void compliance with the FCC Rules. Any change or modification must be approved in writing by Uniden. Changes or modifications not approved by Uniden could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 45 Body-Worn Operation This device was tested for typical body-worn operations using the supplied belt-clip. To maintain compliance with FCC RF exposure requirements, body-worn operations are restricted to the supplied belt-clip. For hand- held operation, the radio should be held 1 inch from the user’s face. The use of accessories that do not satisfy these requirements may not comply with FCC RF exposure requirements and should be avoided.
  • Page 46: Rbrc Information

    Uniden service center for a defect or malfunction covered by this warranty, (E) used in any conjunction with equipment or parts or as part of any system not manufactured by Uniden, or (F) installed or programmed by anyone other than as detailed by the Operating Guide for this product.
  • Page 47 Include evidence of original purchase and a note describing the defect that has caused you to return it. The Product should be shipped freight prepaid, by traceable means, or delivered, to warrantor at: Uniden America Corporation Parts and Service Division 4700 Amon Carter Boulevard...
  • Page 48 QUESTIONS? Visit our website at www.uniden.com or call 1-800-297-1023. QUESTIONS? Contactez-nous au www.uniden.com ou appelez 1-800-297-1023. Printed in Vietnam Imprimé au Vietnam U01UT644AZZ(0)