Originally Posted by benc
I agree, hence my dismay at the VHF instructor dissing making Radio checks in these remote areas. Anybody know if the coasties have got any info on which areas are dodgy for transmissions?
Additionally would it be better to have a taller aerial and transmit on full power for these remote areas?
If you feel the need to check your VHF and there isn't a marina about, or another boat you can arrange a call with, then the CG is the only option. At Oban MRSC we were generally sympathetic to these calls, because we knew there was little option. Not sure how Clyde react these days - I avoid talking to them as much as possible. What no ops room likes (even Oban when it existed) is someone regularly calling to make sure they can still be heard.
The MRCC's will have maps with areas of poor comms marked out. Whether they will make those public I don't know - bit of an admission of failure on their part perhaps. However, Clyde have this on their website
'quote' - 'The northern part of the district is the more rural with the main islands and several very large Inland Sea lochs. These lochs bring their own special Search and Rescue problems, such as very poor communications as they are surrounded by very high mountains '
Might be worth asking them if anyone's really keen. Ops room 01475 729988 or 729014. Don't tell em I told you. :-) Seriously, I'm sure they'll be glad to help.
I made a map of the poor areas once as part of a training excercise. If I can find it - don't hold your breath - I'll try and post it, though it may get me locked up in theTower (Official secrets act, etc.) :-)
A taller aerial is always better (for radio efficiency). If you're calling the CG always use full power around here, especially from a RIB (low aerial).