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Old 24 June 2019, 01:48   #1
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RIB.net Radio Channel (Solent - but can work anywhere)

Hi All, I am guessing this may already exist (particularly for events like Easdale), but I was thinking should we all agree a RIB.net radio channel. ie when out on the water if we all had a dual watch on a particular channel which we agree for all Rib.net communication along with channel 16 then we could all chat to each other (if you want too), meet up when on the water, or perhaps help each other out if required. Clearly this works better in somewhere like the Solent, but open to thoughts and suggestions. Also open to being shot down if this is a crazy idea and doesnt work for some practical reason. Thoughts and Channel suggestions please?
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Old 24 June 2019, 02:43   #2
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There is a RIBnet Group MMSI. That way you don’t need to dual watch anything, or pick a channel which turns out that another group have selected (and the best channels vary around the country). Just remember VHF is not intended for “chat”. If that’s what you want then probably best to use a mobile.
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I think it's a great idea, we don't need to chat on the VHF, we can do that after we've met up.

Use it just to see who is out, and where they are.

As you say for the Solent, my stomping ground, it would be perfect.

I have recently met Xpertski from this parish, he seems to be a delightful chap and we are planning a meet up at some point in the Solent. And possibly a run across the channel (probably next season). It would be great to meet more Ribnet folk.
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Whenever we’ve been out “in company” CH8 seems to be the default working channel.
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Whenever we’ve been out “in company” CH8 seems to be the default working channel.
Is it not also everyone's default? I assume because its the least key presses down from CH16, and technically 6 has some international designation for SAR Ops, although I've never seen it used.

So would you be better using 72 or 77? I think I've heard 72 used more than 77.

BUT - I'm trying to figure out how you use? If you have AIS and your friend has to too, you almost certainly have DSC as well - so use the MMSI Group, or just call them up if they are on the screen. Only snag of the group is your set can only be in one group I think. If you don't have AIS you don't know who is out unless you can see their car in the car park.

In the Solent... you have mobile coverage!

Without knowing someone is out - do you go on CH8 every time you go on the water and make a call "All stations, this is BlackPig calling any rib-netters?" and hope for a reply? That will get on the t*ts of anyone else using 8 as their locally agreed COMs, especially if no-one replies and you are back on an hour later looking for a friend...
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Generally when out on a group run, a channel is pre-agreed - CH08 seems to be the usual one. As long as you know the name of at least one other boat on the run - or even the run name, you'll be able to communicate.

I've never had recourse to the Ribnet MMSI - I'm sure it's a wonderful thing but a simple call on an agreed channel has always worked for me.

Ultimately, or in any doubt hail on CH16 then move to a nominated CH.

CH08 is easiest to switch to from CH16.

Can even dual watch on CH16 & agreed working CH.

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BUT - I'm trying to figure out how you use? If you have AIS and your friend has to too, you almost certainly have DSC as well - so use the MMSI Group, or just call them up if they are on the screen. Only snag of the group is your set can only be in one group I think.

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You should have bought a better radio - mine takes something like 30 group mmsi’s.

I think you, and a few others might be missing a part of the OP’s desire. Whilst he mentions planned trips like Easdale (which always has a preagreed VHF channel), I think he is actually looking for something more like Tinder! He wants to find local people with a like interest without knowing who they are in advance.
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Having recently done the VHF course, and therefore being a bit of a swot, can I mention that in the Port of Southampton which includes the Central Solent CH08 is reserved for Port Operations and is not to be used for recreational craft. Just saying.
Surprisingly my VHF examiner didn't know it was a reserved channel either, and he was based in the Hamble.

http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/admi...ide-LowRes.pdf
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Having recently done the VHF course, and therefore being a bit of a swot, can I mention that in the Port of Southampton which includes the Central Solent CH08 is reserved for Port Operations and is not to be used for recreational craft. Just saying.
Surprisingly my VHF examiner didn't know it was a reserved channel either, and he was based in the Hamble.

http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/admi...ide-LowRes.pdf
I must be missing where that link says Ch08 is reserved for something?
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