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Old 07 October 2006, 06:16   #1
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VHF Instructors - I'm Confused????

A few year ago when I did my SRC Instructors, the RYA told me to teach station called controls communication and selects channel as per the RYA VHF Radio book?

However in Tim Bartlets new "RYA VHF Handbook" it says station calling selects working channel?

My opinion is the 1st way is the correct option?
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It seems to have changed. When I did my SRC Assessors course back in March 05, it was taught that the station calling proposed the working channel.

This puts the voice procedures in line with the DSC Routine Alert - as the calling station selects the channel there.
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I did my DSC/satcom add on for my old Restricted/LR ticket a couple of months ago and it was still called station choses the working channel for voice.

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A few year ago when I did my SRC Instructors, the RYA told me to teach station called controls communication and selects channel as per the RYA VHF Radio book?
Yes, I was taught that too but not once has it worked. Anytime I've called I've also had to select the channel because the called station didn't do it!
I always thought that it would the best way. Call > station answers > Caller acknowledges and requests channel...seems more straight forward. If it's changed, cool.
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As far as I'm concerned the called station is the controlling station and as such selects the working channel and also starts of the comms on the working channel. All good in theory - except the called station may be your mate who was asleep! Now he is half awake and he has to think of a working channel and how does he know that channel is clear of traffic? So in PRACTISE it is far better for the calling station to have a listen to the working channels and when he calls his mate he can then suggest a channel that he knows is clear. When working with a coast station the coast station is always the controlling station cos of limited channels and remote aerials that he may be using but you may not be aware of at your location.
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Old 07 October 2006, 15:46   #6
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As far as I'm concerned the called station is the controlling station
Couldnt agree more, however Tim Bartlett and the RYA diasagree with the new book that accompanies the course.
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Does it really matter as long as one of you has the gumption to pick a channel.

Seems a minor point to get all wound up about.

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Does it really matter
When you teach VHF to about 150 - 200 people year, it matters.

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teach 'em the theory and then tell 'em the real world situation.
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Suppose your right if your dealing with people that are not used to radios.

Personally I believe the whole of the VHF Marine radio world needs a shakeup.

But that is coming from someone that has had 30 years plus experience of all types of Radio. Something to chew the fat over in a pub. But not something thats going to change anything unfortunately.

Hope to speak to you guys some time on the ethernet.

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