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Old 05 May 2013, 18:54   #1
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Coastguard time wasters

Whilst performing some routine maintenance on Hayling Rescues RIB this morning, I was listening to various VHF channels that Frank monitors {He has 3 sets scanning different frequencies). In a 1 hour period, there must have been 5 or 6 requests to the Coastguard for a radio check and then a Mayday from a SSC Rib whose engine had cut out. The Coastguard went through the usual procedures before discovering that it was a sailing club rescue boat who had broken down. they apparently hadn't considered anchoring, simply sent a Mayday. As you can imagine the Coastguard was not best impressed, downgraded the call and despatched a boat out and sent someone to talk to the club regarding operational procedures.
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Not sure you could call a radio check a waste of time. Better to know it actually transmits.
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A radio check is a requirement, how can it be a waste of time? It is necessary.
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In a 1 hour period, there must have been 5 or 6 requests to the Coastguard for a radio check
Surely this is their job?
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Not sure you could call a radio check a waste of time. Better to know it actually transmits.
official procedure for radio check is to ask another boat in the marina or use your handheld....

I know might not be always possible....

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RR Were the radio checks on the CG's backchannel or on the hailing (16) channel ? Out of interest did antone waste the CGs time by logging a passage plan. The Mayday call was stupid and the sailing club should be fined for having ill trained and unsupervised monkees on the Radio and the boat for that matter.

SPR How do you get an official Radio check if you have launched from a slipway?

What kind of range would you have your portable away from you boat to test your TX/RX I would have though f both units are on the same vessel it not going to highlight any antenna problems ?

When you say official is that like OFCOM official Ive not heard of this before but I did get my ticket a while ago and things change
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official procedure for radio check is to ask another boat in the marina or use your handheld....
Not in Ireland - radio checks go to the CG - SOP. And to ask another boat in the marina for a VHF check is a total waste of time - it's beside you *scratches head*
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Surely this is their job?
How long does a radiocheck take?

They want you to make contact. It's invited, to not radiocheck is plain daft and there cannot be any argument against it.

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official procedure for radio check is to ask another boat in the marina or use your handheld....

I know might not be always possible....

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Trouble is, you need to be far enough away that you're not picking up/receiving via a broken bit of co-ax.


It'll always be the coastguard for me.I know if I get a radio check from the coastguard, I can call mayday and they'll hear me.
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official procedure for radio check is to ask another boat in the marina or use your handheld....

I know might not be always possible....

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certainly not what i was taught. it was suggested however that this may be an option if it was deemed that the coastguard were having a particularly busy day, but direct to coastguard was the procedure.
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