Originally Posted by Nos4r2
I notice that those advocating no licence don't appear to consider that they might have to know how to use their VHF to help another vessel in distress...
Dont know who said that??
The guys in question that I have made reference to in this thread may not have done their VHF course but are well read in VHF procedures.
They hear transmissions when they are at sea so are familiar with basic procedures.
They and more than competent enough to relay a message for another vessel and convey via radio what needs to be said.
Heard it done several times by friends of mine.
Couldn't have much better of a job myself.
It ain't rocket science!
This course makes a big deal about what essentialy is a basic human skill -communicating through speech.
As said before we don't need a qualification to operate a telephone.
The VHF course exists to cut down the babble that gets transmitted accross the airways freeing it up for the important stuff.
I think an online cheaper exam /qualification / registration with less bureaucracy is the way to go.
More people who fit into the category I have described earlier would be willing to qualify and register.
Remember this is an inflatable boat thread - not a commercial shipping thread.
Can't see many other Sibbers, canoers, kayakers etc wanting to spend 100 plus quid for Ofcom registration for a small hand held VHF with limited range eithers.