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Old 25 July 2009, 12:47   #11
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Pan Pan is though ain't it?
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Old 25 July 2009, 13:08   #12
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absolutely.
the medico bit went out about 3/4 years ago as it is no longer neccessary now that the coastguard has the ability to patch you thru to the doctor if required whereas previously it was done by the coast radio stations.
Cant see the logic of a distance learning course for radio when the rya insist that training centres have proper vhf dsc simulators so you can actually use the voice procedures and press the distress alert button for real-something one hopes never to have to do in real life. A worthwhile experience as long as it is taught by someone who actually uses radio for real in some "inclement" weather and knows from experience that when waves are spraying over the bow of an open boat and your eyes are stinging there is no way you are gonna read tiny messages on tiny screens.
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Whenj i did my VHF course I found too much time was spent teaching us all about entering silly DSC numbers and not enough about VHF procedures.

I am glad they will still listen to pan pan medico because it immediately tells them what the problem is.
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I've a gripe about radio usage, erm, no I've got two gripes, especially when used in a stressed situation; please don't put the radio close to your mouth and shout and, 2, speak slowly, deliberately and clearly. Grump over...ta.
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Cant see the logic of a distance learning course for radio when the rya insist that training centres have proper vhf dsc simulators so you can actually use the voice procedures and press the distress alert button for real-something one hopes never to have to do in real life.
I did my course this way with Ocean Training and reckon its a really good way to learn. You get sent a pack that includes a Simulator that you run on your PC which demonstrates he DSC function.

I perferred to take my time over the course and found that being able to do a bit each night over a week and having the ability to go back over any bits you are not happy with helped me to remember what I had learnt.
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we have the same simulator that we use to initially show some stuff on the big screen but as a training centre that is now deemed insufficient by the RYA and whilst I grumped about it at the beginning being able to send and receive a digital mayday on real radios in an excercise situation is an opportunity not otherwise available.
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sounds like teaching someone how to use his mobile phone and if that was the case I agree with you codders (ooh saying that hurt )
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