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Old 04 April 2009, 15:46   #21
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Every morning this boat goes out for a radio check and does the whole over and out thing.

http://www.endeavourwhitby.com/endeavour.html

The one that cracked me up was when one fisherman decided to announce that "the hills are full of billetts" on ch16, he was promptly shadted by the CG.
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Old 05 April 2009, 15:52   #22
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How many people have heard some one "over and out" on the radio, priceless!
I did it once, felt like a right prat even as the words left my lips.
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Use it pretty often talking to boats we dive with (a bunch of us normally dive together off 3 boats.) You don't want to know the kind of drivel that goes on there. Also use it to talk to commercial dive boats to get condition reports, find out when they're leaving sites; that kind of stuff.

I've used it several times to talk to the CG when rendering aid; three or four times when I came upon a problem (didn't want the CG to scramble a boat for no reason), and a few times in response to a Pan-Pan call. Oh, and once to report a jetskier who was using anchored dive boats as turn buoys.

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As previous responses; tell the CG where we are going etc, radio check, talk to other dive boats. Quite often on tri-watch ch16, ch07 PORT OPS, ch71/72 Leisure.

Not used DSC yet for polling requests and all that malarkey might have look at this on the new boat when we get it.
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Old 06 April 2009, 06:19   #25
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Not used DSC yet for polling requests and all that malarkey might have look at this on the new boat when we get it.
Tried this out for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Sent a position request to a friend who then accepted and responded and a little boat appeared on my chart plotter at his position.

Now I have tried it I can see it is something I will use especially when out on the Solent trying to find some fellow ribnetters !
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How often do people actually use their on-board radios?
We use the radio pretty well every time we go out

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Is it necessary?
It's essential. As well as the fixed radio on the boat, we will have a waterproof handheld with us (usually in my pocket)
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Old 06 April 2009, 08:29   #27
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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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Also useful for getting directions to yarmouth off NOS, when lost at sea and going around in circles near the harbour entrance ??????
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Old 06 April 2009, 08:45   #28
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I only ever use a VHF-DSC radio, probably once a year, when im support/rescue boating in "junior week"
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Old 06 April 2009, 11:02   #29
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All weather lifeboats can also use RDF if you have a VHF fitted to pin point your postion in fog.
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Ours is used everwe go to sea, mainly as we are based in a harbour we have to request permission to leave and enter.

Use the DSC function a fair bit to, normally when cruising in company. Have also used it to contact Dover CG when doing some safety boat cover on the Goodwin Sands last summer.

We have two VHF fitted both always on.

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