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Old 20 February 2017, 15:02   #1
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Emergency "Mayday" Stickers

Icom UK have worked with the RNLI in the production and distribution of ‘Emergency VHF Radio Calling Procedure’ stickers. These useful stickers provide a prompt of the procedures a radio user would go through to make a VHF call. The stickers will be distributed with Icom Marine radios as well as distributed by the RNLI.

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Raising Awareness of Marine VHF Radio Calling Procedures - Icom News - Icom UK
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Old 20 February 2017, 15:30   #2
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Vhf procedure

A very useful aid for both experienced and novice crew. It is notable how tongue-tied one becomes when the proverbial hits the fan.
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is it waterproof
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Made my own up and laminated it. Does the job
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Made my own up and laminated it. Does the job
thats a handy thing especially if you don't use your vhf regularly like me I just passed the course 3 weeks ago and forgot most of the stuff already
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how big are the stickers? similar to the kill cord ones?
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Are you able to write your MMSI / boat name details on the thing, and is waterproof? good idea though

Never been convinced about the need boat name AND callsign AND MMSI - quite a lot to relay clearly when under pressure esp if not used to radio comms.
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That's why I made my own and laminated.
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Big then ! , I've got one of the little hand books but like your idea Billy
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I think the maximum use comes if I've fallen overboard. Sadly in the panic I expect my "crew" will say: "MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY, THIS IS VESSEL NAME 3 TIMES" rather than "MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY, THIS IS IMPOSTER, IMPOSTER, IMPOSTER".

I think anyone planning to use with a non-icom radio should also carefully consider if the initial instructions about hitting blue button then red button are right for their radio. I'm sure any of us could work around that - but would a guest? Even for an Icom radio, I think they could have done better [what's this "if DSC fitted"? - make two versions, with and without; is there an unnecessary step - does an icom not switch to 16 immediately after dsc distress, and would it not be useful to emphasise the need to hold the button for 2[?] seconds].
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