Originally Posted by GJ0KYZ
That seems to be asking a lot of the caller; I doubt I would remain suffiently composed for such a detailed over.
As it happens I agree with you, but that is not the point. It is why I I produced the card. I suggest you download it (or make up your own version) and laminate it to put on the console or by the radio. All those who do a VHF course with us get a laminated card copy and are encouraged to fill in their details. It is much easier when in a stress situation of you can simply read something that is right by the radio and know the details are correct and what the right format should be.
The MCA produce a version that is on sticky backed paper, but in my experience the stuff comes away after a while and also the Mayday call itself is very small and when the proverbial hits the fan, trying to read small wording is not ideal in my opinion. I can do the call without reference, but that is only because I teach it.
I ran this passed a senior radio instructor - one who actually teaches the VHF instructor courses for the MCA/RYA - and he said it was much better than the MCA version.
I don't expect anybody to be able to remember the correct call protocol after the course or for that matter in it, so having something that ca ease the stress is worthwhile and you hope you never have to use it. Same as yiu hope the only time you ever hit the red button (if you have a DSC set!) is during your course.