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