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Old 04 July 2013, 16:14   #1
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Stupid question time

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"
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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"
Use n look up MCA. Have a good trip.

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Look on the back on your chart?
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Or if you listen at the right time for the Maritime Safety Broadcast you'll know...
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Thanks.

Good thinking about listening for the broadcast although I would like to do a radio check as soon as I go out.

Haven't got a chart so will look up MCA.
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Get a chart as back up you will learn allot whats around you
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OK - so why cant you listen to the MSB BEFORE going afloat? Thats kind of the idea. Not a lot of point in being out and being told its about to blow a hooolley?

Herne Bay is in the Thames operational area.

Thames should transmit an MSB on: CH 23, 84 or 86 at: 0110, 0410, 0710, 1010, 1310, 1610, 1910, 2210 (Local Time)

They will announce on CH16 immediately before hand unless they are working something significant on 16. Channel depends on the aerial you are nearest. Don't know the geography down there well enough:
Walton, Shoeburyness, Southend – 23;
Fairlight, Bawdsey – 84;
Bradwell, Langdon – 86

If you are on DSC you can call them on: MMSI 002320009 (Guess as you are on a SIB you are on a HH so probably not)

So I'd turn up at the launch site at 10am. Stick the VHF on while sorting things out ashore...

Have you looked at tides?

Why would u think of putting your boat in the water without knowing whats under that water. Get a F***in Chart!
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Reeds Almanac ha the coverage maps (or did last year).

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Thanks.

Good thinking about listening for the broadcast although I would like to do a radio check as soon as I go out.

Haven't got a chart so will look up MCA.
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 !!!!!!!!
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Thanks.

Good thinking about listening for the broadcast although I would like to do a radio check as soon as I go out.

Haven't got a chart so will look up MCA.
I also use handheld on small boat and always wait until on the water before doing radio check simply because of limited handheld range hence think it's best to test in an area your likely to spend most of your day, have learnt not to panic if I dont get a response just try again couple hundred yards further away. (I just call costguard regardless of area sometimes Portland come back other times Solent)
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