strewth this thing rumbles on
Oh, and BTW, called station DOES control the working channel - try calling an MRCC and asking for a channel they don't want to use!!
there has never been any disagreement in this thread that a coast station is always the controlling station and always chooses the working channel-he has a limited number of channels and may be using a remote aerial that you cannot hear. For this reason whichever way the comms start the coast station chooses the working channel.
anyone can teach the course I suppose and I did before I went and did the examiners ticket-but we got a local external examiner in and learned a lot from his methods - and that could still be done if the students all present for a direct assesment.
Just a tad unhappy that this thread that started as a really useful discussion and a good way of disseminating opinions and views on a topic to try and have everyone singing off the same song sheet moved at one point to report a centre to the rya and tell 'em what equipment they were using situation when they hadnt done anything untoward! Any way I'm off to Greece in the morning to see a client again, play with his boat, use vhf to talk with the hellenic coastguard (complete with sidearms and a book of fixed penalty ticket) drink ouzo and be away from phone and internet-tuff life!