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Old 07 May 2014, 12:53   #21
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Top quality post and helpful link to boot.

Call me bitter but with hindsight I don't think the VHF course was worth the money.

Maybe it's because im used to speaking on a digital handset at work to large numbers of work colleagues and have no fear of broadcasting live on my VHF.

I just didn't feel that I had learnt anything more having sat the course, than I had already learnt through my own home studies.

I would have rather kept the 100 plus pounds for the course and put it towards a better VHF radio, but hey ho!

That's just my thoughts.
Maybe others on here found it really beneficial?

There were 3 commercial fishermen and another pleasure boater on my course.
We all went for a pint and a bar meal at lunch time and all concurred that the course was not worth doing.

Maybe it was just a bad instructor?????!
I agree with you on this but unfortunately it is a legal requirement to have got your ticket to use one.
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Old 07 May 2014, 15:58   #22
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I seem to recall the cost and duration of the VHF course has increased recently.

When I did it there was another chap in the group who had bought a boat with a VHF. His first radio transmission was in an emergency and consisted of pressing the button and saying "'Ello? Is there anybody there??". Getting trained was 'suggested' by the Coastguard.
A few years ago there was TV programme on the crew of the Humber pilot boats, one of the pilots told how he was listening on VHF - (the story went something like this) over the radio came..........Comeback for a copy............(nothing)........Comeback for a copy...............(nothing)..........Comeback for a copy is there any friendlies out there........(this went on for a short while until)...'This is Humber coastguard The person transmitting on channel ** you are contravening the 1949 wireless telegraphy act ect, ect,ect. Unlawful use of the marine frequencies can result in prosecution resulting in a fine and confiscation of your radio equipment..............
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I can fully appreciate why there is a requirement to register VHF devices with Ofcom.

This registration is done online for free once you have passed your exam.
What my objection is the course / exam fees.

You can skip the course and do the exam - 60 quid for a 30 min exam?

That's 2 pound a minute!

For the occasional pleasure boater / fisherman most I know have skipped Ofcom registration, VHF course and exam.

They keep their unregistered VHF handy should it be required in an emergency.

As long as people are not tieing up the airways with babble and stick to genuine emergencies, then they will be fine.

I can see that commercial operators AMD larger vessels should have all the relevant
documentation in place for their usage.

What would be better is a cheaper online learning / exam / registration package which could be done for a minimum fee.

I think this would increase the uptake in learning procedures and registering devices.
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What would be better is a cheaper online learning / exam / registration package which could be done for a minimum fee.

I think this would increase the uptake in learning procedures and registering devices.
I'm sure that I have seen something on here where this is in the pipeline.

And yes I agree I think that this would work well.
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I am a RYA training centre.

The SRC exam is

- 30 min written paper
- 30 min practical per each person

The 60 fee - RYA gets 30 for the processing like before and examiner gets the other 30 for there time and travelling.

Online courses can be done, I offer them and the new exam procedures etc can be found on my website:

www.vhf-courses.co.uk

You now must do a course online or face to face or upgrade old certificate - No Direct Examination.

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So it is now up and running nice one Scott

What do you mean by upgrade old certificates ?
I did mine 5 years ago.
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yes - you still need to do the final examination at RYA teaching centre after the online course - 60

this need not be the centre you bought the course from

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What do you mean by upgrade old certificates ?
I did mine 5 years ago.


if you had around pre-1989 certificate which didn't cover DSC - your will be fine


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if you had around pre-1989 certificate which didn't cover DSC - your will be fine


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