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Old 09 February 2016, 11:57   #11
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My information was (slightly) wrong. Its taken 7 months for me to be aware of that. So if I pressed the Red Button yesterday they couldn't have phoned me but could have phoned my shore contact.
- If neither of my shore contacts answered they appear to be looking for a sailing vessel but I could be on a RIB. Perhaps in my territories not that big an issue but for the Solent boys could take a bit of working out which boat has an issue although you'd expect they just pick up their mobile or wave!
- What happens if in July after I sent in the registration (electronically), but before its on the database, I press the Red Button? I assume they will send an asset to investigate. But again they don't know who or what to look for.
To address those concerns in order -

If they can't raise you by phone it will escalate the alert
You were registering a PLB, not a EPIRB, so the boat type (while noted) is not a huge factor. Neither is being at sea. They're not entirely looking for a yacht, a SIB, a RIB or a shiny shoe - they're looking for a PLB and if you're holding it when they arrive - all the better for you. This process will occur even if the unit is not registered

Now, one way to speed the registration process up would be to introduce a Fee, hire some staff and a few IT consultants. Hands up for a Small Fee?

No-one?

Thought so.

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Old 09 February 2016, 12:03   #12
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Old 09 February 2016, 12:07   #13
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This process will occur even if the unit is not registered

Kind of begs the question why are we going through a elongated system then if it doesn't matter!!
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Having contact details should help reduce the number of false alerts if the owner or shore contact can confirm that all is OK.
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So what happens to that very confirmation in the intervening months of processing the info?
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So what happens to that very confirmation in the intervening months of processing the info?
Just the same as if nobody answers your phone...
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Just the same as if nobody answers your phone...

Which was my point to the OP, if you've got a working phone & are capable of answering it when the Coastie calls, you don't need a PLB.
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My point also but from a different angle. Why register..........


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So that when your grandkids accidentally set it off it can be dealt with by a phone call rather than a helicopter!
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Now, one way to speed the registration process up would be to introduce a Fee, hire some staff and a few IT consultants. Hands up for a Small Fee?
You'll have made Poly choke on his tea!

Well I think there are two options:
- Hire more staff and continue the current process which seems rather odd of submitting a form and then someone re-typing it into another system and then printing two seemingly pointless stickers and posting out a certificate.

- Integrate the online form so that what I enter goes live into the database. Forget the pointless non-waterproof sticker. Generate a PDF proof of registration for me to print / save to my phone etc.

The first would keep the IT consultants at bay, the second once built should keep the running costs down. That appears to be how radio licencing works but perhaps there is an office full of Civil Servants running it all!

I assume that the reason there is no fee is to encourage registration and updates. Or to get a Hex No is there really a small back-end fee? The trouble with fees is not the 'small fee' its the 20 handling charge someone creates to go with the fee.

The sales pitch for registering is very much that by registering they will know who or what they are searching for.
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