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Old 05 July 2013, 13:58   #11
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Maybe a silly question but I really don't know the answer.


I'm going out in the Thames estuary (Herne Bay Area) on saturday and now I have my VHF certificate I wanna use it!

Is it just a case of calling "coastguard" as opposed to the location I.e "Solent coastguard"
Was that really not covered on your VHF course, even if just informally......?

Or just listen on ch 16 for a few days before....

And yes - get a chart :o)

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Old 05 July 2013, 14:14   #12
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Do the radio check before hitting the water, also buy the chart, it gives you lots of info, ensure you look at it before you need it !!!!!!!!
Is one allowed to use ones VHF in land for a radio check??
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Was that really not covered on your VHF course, even if just informally......?

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Not unless it was during the part that i slept through!

I did think that but it wasn't strangely.
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Old 05 July 2013, 15:14   #14
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Maybe a silly question but I really don't know the answer.


Is there a way to find out what coastguard covers the area of sea you are in?

I'm going out in the Thames estuary (Herne Bay Area) on saturday and now I have my VHF certificate I wanna use it!

Is it just a case of calling "coastguard" as opposed to the location I.e "Solent coastguard"
For starters its not a silly Q, if your new to vhf then it can seem a little daunting making that first call, especially if not sure who your calling, for your area I would have have thought HM CG would get best signal, but either way just the mention of CG on ch16 will get there attention, they will respond and direct you to one of their working channels probably 67 or 84, where they may also ask you, are you CG66 registered, which is well worth while, here's a link.
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they will respond and direct you to one of their working channels probably 67 or 84,
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Not quite right Channel 84 is a Duplex channel and is used by the coastguard for maritime safety information..

Normal Working channel for the coastguard is Simplex and either 67 or 73..
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Is one allowed to use ones VHF in land for a radio check??
Not in the US. Don't know about you guys over there.

In the US, owning a boat and a VHF is all that is required to operate a marine VHF, but the one stipulation is that to be legal while transmitting, the boat must be on the water. Most people don't bother looking up regulations or protocols, so we hear all kinds of odd stuff.

Reminds me of a story about a boater trailering home from a day on the water, who breaks down in a fairly remote section of the woods. No cell phone reception, no passing traffic. As night falls, he uses his VHF to contact the coast guard, report that he's stranded, and request help.

"Where are you located?" The Coastie asks.

"Near the intersection of Highway 135 and Ridge Road." the boater replies.

A long silence ensues, before the Coastie comes back on.

"Errr... Exactly how fast were going when you hit the beach?"


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Not quite right Channel 84 is a Duplex channel and is used by the coastguard for maritime safety information..

Normal Working channel for the coastguard is Simplex and either 67 or 73..
Yes I must say I've usually been directed to ch67, here's a list of all working channels.
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Hi ,we will be out at herne bay tommorrow (sunday) might see you if you are out again.

I use a hand held ,there dosn't seem to be a lot of radio traffic in this area, poss better with a fixed unit ? but for a radio check just put a call out and some one usually responds, What was sea conditions like today ?
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Is one allowed to use ones VHF in land for a radio check??
Legally no - but if you are at the top of a slipway and not taking the pi$$ I can't see why anyone would object. Probably depends who you have around.

Launching alone, single engined with no public around? You are probably justified in saying you need your emergency coms tested before the boat touches the water in case something goes wrong during launch.

Launching on a busy slipway with plenty of people around that can take a line from your disabled boat or dial 999 from their mobile if you've gone for a swim etc then maybe testing before the boat's actually bobbing up and down is probably harder to justify.

And of course if you fit into the first category no-one will see where you transmitted from so they wont know you ever did ;-)

Testing on 37M ashore may be legal as its technically not a marine channel.
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Testing on 37M ashore may be legal as its technically not a marine channel.
M (37a) and M2 are still marine channels just private public channels ...

you need a coastal radio station licence to legally use M & M2 from land - not expensive btw for a club or organisation iirc 75 a year.

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