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Old 04 April 2009, 08:47   #11
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I get a radio check each time I go out of the harbour (probably a hangover from aviation) - its no use at all if all the lights work , but no-one can hear you , or you cant hear them . Always on Ch16 and have assisted CG when close to boats with fouled prop etc with a short tow, and boat to boat from time to time.

As said its THE most useful bit of kit on the boat - if you NEED to use it I want to know it works.
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I think you should get used to talking on the Radio. If you're not used to it then people can get touge tied and give information when needed in an incorrect format or way. It's very easy to give wrong info across the airwaves, so it's important that you're comfortable with it. Having said all of this, I rarely use the Radio for chat, but use it to do a regular radio check with either the coastgaurd (not on channel 16) or a local maniner. I also listen to the local shipping and port channels, and the fishing channel too.
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Old 04 April 2009, 09:23   #13
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How often do people actually use their on-board radios?

is it necessary?
not that often now, i tend to use my ipod more
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Old 04 April 2009, 09:46   #14
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I get a radio check each time I go out of the harbour (probably a hangover from aviation) - its no use at all if all the lights work , but no-one can hear you , or you cant hear them .
So how many times have the lights been on, but no one could hear you?
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So how many times have the lights been on, but no one could hear you?
I certainly have had this problem (antenna issues) where the set's lights were on but no TX. I could hear everyone (close by) but no-one could hear me...

... yes Mollers, I know - every RibNetters dream come true!
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Old 04 April 2009, 10:05   #16
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... yes Mollers, I know - every RibNetters dream come true!
It would be if it were combined with keyboard issues.
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Old 04 April 2009, 11:54   #17
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I certainly have had this problem (antenna issues) where the set's lights were on but no TX. I could hear everyone (close by) but no-one could hear me...

... yes Mollers, I know - every RibNetters dream come true!
Same here - when I've lost the antenna - says its transmitting but nothing ,,,,,, and on aircraft radios ( effectivelty the same but a little further up the freqs) several times for various reasons.

I also prefer the radio to CD on the boat as it doesn't skip in bad weather
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I'm lucky in the fact that I use the one on the Lifeboat alot which keeps me upto speed. We've been out and the radio has worked fine, shouted the CG for Ops normal and couldn't get em. We managed to snap the aerial just by hitting big waves.
We would usually do 2 aerials a year on the 21.

How many people have heard some one "over and out" on the radio, priceless!
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How often do people actually use their on-board radios?

is it necessary?
Nearly every time I go out - at least twice.

As I normally launch at the Camber in Portsmouth Harbour I have to ask QHM for permission to cross to the other side of the harbour in order to use the small boat channel to get out into the Solent. Then the same on the way back in.

Its quite nice to be able to use the radio inter-RIB on cruises too.

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How many people have heard some one "over and out" on the radio, priceless! [/QUOTE]

Loads.

Our instuctor when I did my VHF ticket was the cox of the Falmouth lifeboat at the time. He beat the 'over and outs' right out of us.

A salty old fishermen that was on the course, had spent a little too much time on the CB radio and couldn't drop the lingo. During the simulated conversations he kept coming out with unintentional gems such as 'Yeah, c'mon back Brixham Coastguard'. The instructor was losing his patience, I had to walk out of the classroom p'ing myself laughing.
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