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Old 07 October 2016, 16:12   #1
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Radio arrived

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Old 07 October 2016, 16:31   #2
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Nice. Shame I got rid of my handheld in order to part fund a fixed dsc radio. Those little handhelds are bloody useful bits of kit and I was impressed with the range on mine.
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In my opinion you need a handheld and a fixed radio
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Question - do you have to have taken the RYA course to use one?
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Question - do you have to have taken the RYA course to use one?
To use a marine VHF legally you must either:

- have the relevant operators certificate (RYA course and exam). OR
- be supervised by someone who has that. OR
- be in an emergency. OR
- be using a private channel.

The radio itself (or more accurately the boat) should also be registered FOC via the Ofcom website.

Some people take the view that the cost, or the time to take the course are not worth it and they will only use it in an emergency. A VHF has more to offer than just a "999" service. Even as an emergency tool it is probably useful if you have never used one before to work through the process of making distress calls etc, so if you ever need to it is less of a panic.
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A VHF has more to offer than just a "999" service.
Yep, our local slip is in a locked marine and they won't open the lock gates unless you have a VHF.

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Old 18 October 2016, 07:23   #9
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Thanks for the info.

I thought that the course and qualification was a legal requirement but wanted to make sure.

I shall endeavour to get myself trained next year.
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Duggy, depending on where you live I would find and book a course well in advance. It takes absolutely ages to get on a course where I live, as the course is only run once sufficient people have booked up. The alternative is to pay a lot more for a one on one.
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