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Old 15 August 2011, 14:30   #31
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the correct call for MOB is mayday... this is what the RNLI tell us...if you manage to get person back inboard it can be downgraded or cancelled....MOB = press the RED button!

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the correct call for MOB is mayday... this is what the RNLI tell us...if you manage to get person back inboard it can be downgraded or cancelled....MOB = press the RED button!

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Yep fully agree, as i say this was nothing to do with me, just another unknown boat completing training and using the pan pan situation, not sure if they changed to 16 by accident and didnt realise

Any thoughts on the 67 /// 16 channel issues.

Other sad news was a local chap lost his life last night after going overboard. Man dies after dinghy capsizes off coast of Herne Bay
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So why could the CG not hear me on 67 but they could on 16. Is 16 a stronger airwave if this is possible?
The radio will automagically change to high power transmit when on channel 16 (because it is waiting for you to give a mayday) but will revert to low power on 67 because it is not the distress channel. When on 67 simply bump up the power setting by pressing the H/L button and voila...they will hear you
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simply bump up the power setting by pressing the H/L button and voila...they will hear you
I checked that i was on high power, but still nothing. My handheld has 1w and 5w. I always leave it on 5w. I made sure at the time it wasnt displaying "low", but no joy.
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So, new fixed VHF set installed.

Out on the water today, called on 16 for a radio check, all i got back was crackling, tried again but no joy. So called on 16 using my handheld and i could hear the coastguard fine on that. (didnt want them to start a mayday)
We moved to channel 67 and the coastguard said they could hear me loud and clear so it must be a receiving fault my end.

Checked all connections, fine, checked squelch, fine, checked high power, fine.

called and received local boats with no issues.

Then decided to check the aerial, currently have a 45cm heliflex pacific one. Changed it to a 1m pro pacific (borrowing the other ribs one) and heard the coatguard fine on 67. They suggested a check on 16 and again heard them perfectly.

So my 45cm aerial just isn't man enough to pick up the coastguard, only local stuff.

1m pro aerial already on order.

Just thought i'd share my experience firstly in case anyone else has had similar problems and that Thames Coastguard were really helpful today.
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Erin's right - please will everyone stop using the quote function? It is so majorly irritating. In fact could the mods please remove it even? Surely we can copy and paste if we need to quote someone no?

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just had time for a read, after scrolling thru the repeated quotes
On a radio course surely describing squelch as sensitivity is acceptable and then teaching that after turning the set on the squelch should ALWAYS be adjusted in order to check where it is set at and to check that you have some volume. To my mind not teaching that routine is negligent.

I have the emergency aerial on the rib on the side of the consol...main one is on the A frame. Range from the side of the consol is crap and not as good as the handhelds we carry which have the advantage that you can hold the set up in the air to gain aerial height. A plug in mic/speaker on a curly wire as supplied with CG icom handhelds makes this even easier. I am surprised at the difficulty folk seem to have contacting the coastguard. With their remote aerials I have never had a problem getting them with a handheld, either on a boat or as part of a rescue team.

To my mind broadcasting a pan pan on any channel for excercise purposes should result in someone's a**e being kicked hard! Crying wolf on the airwaves just devalues the system. Should never hear those words and be able to assume it might be an excercise
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Hi tumnus,

I made sure i was on full power but it just didnt want to know. Could hear them, but they couldnt hear me.

I now a fixed VHF set and a small 45cm aerial wouldnt pick up Thames Coastguard. Switched to a 1m aerial and it was fine.

I wonder if its because we are on the edge of both Thames and Dover Coastguard area's in Herne Bay, they switch over at Reculver. We often hear both talking on 16.
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Ch16 is in the middle of the marine band...and I'm told is therefore the one to which the aerial length is calculated and therefore most sensitive.
Sits back and waits for the radio geeks to re-educate me. Cos I just use the things day in and day out I really don't need to know how it works...just that it does work
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