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Old 03 August 2013, 18:40   #21
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Just put my VHF in the for Sale section

Handheld VHF - For Sale
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Old 04 August 2013, 09:00   #22
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He didn't say he's not doing the courses. He said even when he has the ticket he needs the kit to use...

Now some may say do the course and you'll learn the pro's and con's of different kit, others will say if you know what kit you have you'll make sure you understand its options when on the course (lets face it if you are on a fixed VHF you probably dont care about power settings 25W will be just fine. On HH 1W will save your battery...)
Well you should learn about using your 'power' responsibly. 25W not really needed to talk to your mate who is 100 yds away - but wipes out the channel for everyone in range.

Personally I didn't find the VHF course particularly insightful or fun. Its a day of my life I will never get back. I also didn't feel that the instructor did a great job of communicating some of the more advanced features of DSC like group calling and position polling which are potentially very useful - but not really in the RYA/OfComm syllabus so not what he wanted to teach. The exam is a joke - and whilst using 'real' radios is interesting most schools all use one brand (easier to teach) but in reality you learn less and can compare fewer features. If I were trying to teach people I would have them in separate rooms with the comms to communicate, get them to plot the positions reported etc. Then just when they were getting confident I'd turn out the lights, or do other things to introduce a new level of confusion.

As with all training you need to decide if you want the best learning or the cheapest course to get the piece of paper.
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Old 04 August 2013, 09:46   #23
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Very interesting responses from everyone - I won't be hitting the sea for a long time and intend to just explore the internal waters/canal areas first to gain confidence in handling the boat.

As mentioned earlier, I think it best to have a VHF than to not and so will definitely be buying one ASAP, I'll explore the courses available and see if any appeal, but personally I prefer a good book to read about what I need to know, the advantage being that its always there for future reference
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Old 04 August 2013, 13:08   #24
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Sergeant - not sure you realise but the point being that it's illegal to use the VHF without the licence. miccheck... suggests about getting a certificate or piece of paper as being the reason to take the PB2 course - the piece of 'paper' is irrelevant - everyone 'passes' the course. Although for the VHF course the paper is important as it becomes your licence to operate a VHF.

So the point of the PB2 is to do the course and soak up what it teaches you about safety, tides, currents, colregs, handling, LJ's, anchoring etc to make you a more aware and safer boater especially as it sounds from some of your posts that you are new to boats. Yes, it's a basic course and you can learn some of it from a 'mate' or whatever but it's a great start to your boating life and for me at least who as a youngster spent many a summer driving the old man's ski boat in a sheltered bay in the med without any UK boat driving the PB2 was a real useful eye opener.

Take it or leave it but there are enough clueless ****** out there who don't know a kill cord from a kipper.
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Old 04 August 2013, 13:39   #25
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Sergeant - not sure you realise but the point being that it's illegal to use the VHF without the licence.
Unless it's deemed an emergency situation? You can also listen all day long and learn how to and how not to do it.
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Old 04 August 2013, 13:52   #26
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Not strictly true, most reach the required standard but I have failed one person this year so far, they only got a level one certificate.
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Is there anywhere near to Stockport, Cheshire where I can do the basic course?

I have a VHF radio but am reluctant/afraid to try and use it as I have not done the course.
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Is there anywhere near to Stockport, Cheshire where I can do the basic course?

I have a VHF radio but am reluctant/afraid to try and use it as I have not done the course.
Safe Water Training in Newbrighton, Wirral, hold radio courses.
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Old 04 August 2013, 14:58   #29
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I have and use this one:

Midland Atlantic XT BLK VHF Handheld Marine LCD Radio Kit for Boat Vessel Yacht | eBay

( In white because it looks cool )

Great for chatting to mates and doing radio checks.

I would like to do the vhf course but cant seem to find the time/location at a sensible price,

Talked to plenty of people/watched plenty of videos/read plenty of forums to know how to make a mayday call/ pan pan in a needing situation when out of range or signal for a mobile.

I DO intend on taking the course when its viable but for now atleast i have it incase of emergency and i dont hang around on ch16 causing a nuisance,

Also great for listening to weather reports.
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Old 04 August 2013, 15:24   #30
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Sergeant - not sure you realise but the point being that it's illegal to use the VHF without the licence. miccheck... suggests


While that is corect, who is going to prosecute you if you use one when you don't have a licence? Not in an emergency situaton, but just chatting to a mate?

The coastguard certainly won't, unless your making a nuisence....
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