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Old 27 May 2004, 18:26   #21
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I shall have to come out from behind the screen and meet you guys soon...Now 3 weeks into non delivery of new axel, at this rate I will miss RIBex
Why, were you going to tow your RIB to the IOW?!?!
Mark, need to defend Suzuki Pete as he's away I think!! It will be a pleasure to meet you and many others at RIBex - so you'll be the one carying a computer screen, hiding behind it!!
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Old 27 May 2004, 18:52   #22
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However, I don't have a licence, so what do I do?!!?? I could buy a H/H VHF for my trip, but with no licence is it suicide actually using it (like to call the harbour master). I might just get one in case I get in real trouble and need to call for help.
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I think it would be a really good idea to get a radio. I have two and would never go out without them. If you do get hold of one you will need a radio license for it - http://www.radiolicenceforms.co.uk/S...ationNotes.asp. At least then you can have it switched on and listen to traffic movements and of course use it in an emergency.

If you don't manage to get hold of one I wouldn't worry to much, just make sure you call QHM. It's probably more important for you than anyone else as you won't be able to gauge traffic movements by listening to the radio.
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Old 27 May 2004, 20:18   #23
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If you do visit Portsmouth harbour a small word of warning. As you approach the harbour from west there is a gravel bank that Spitbank fort sits on that runs parallel to the shipping lane towards gosport and runs very close in. Many boats appraching from the west cut across it to get to the small ships channel. This does become very shallow on a spring low tide and even small draft boat like rib ground. I witnessed one a few weeks back.

To avoid this use the Swashway channel maked on the diagram. Or follow the ferries ...
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Old 28 May 2004, 03:54   #24
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Why, were you going to tow your RIB to the IOW?!?!
Mark, need to defend Suzuki Pete as he's away I think!! It will be a pleasure to meet you and many others at RIBex - so you'll be the one carying a computer screen, hiding behind it!!
Richard
No, but it is quite handy for getting the boat from home to the slip.

Andy
Nice diagram, good advise. The true transit is with the church spire, until some one built the flats in the way. It is worth looking for the spire before coming onto the transit, so you know they are the right flats.
The ferries do not use the Swashway at low tide.
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Old 28 May 2004, 06:45   #25
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Tim,

I think it would be a really good idea to get a radio. I have two and would never go out without them. If you do get hold of one you will need a radio license for it - http://www.radiolicenceforms.co.uk/S...ationNotes.asp. At least then you can have it switched on and listen to traffic movements and of course use it in an emergency.

If you don't manage to get hold of one I wouldn't worry to much, just make sure you call QHM. It's probably more important for you than anyone else as you won't be able to gauge traffic movements by listening to the radio.
Hi DJL!
From what I can tell, one cannot obtain a licence until a VHF course is completed. This is what I gathered from the radiol licence forms homepage or have I missed something?

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Bajan,

There are 2 licences required. You are correct in saying that the licence to operate is only issued after you have successfully trained and passed the exam (1 day) but the licence to have a radio on the boat is issued separately and, to my knowledge, there are no requirements other than filling in the paperwork and paying the fee. As has been said previously, it is an offence to carry a radio (fixed or h/h) without the licence and it is also an offence to use one without either holding an operator's licence or using it under the supervision of someone who does.

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Bajan,

There are 2 licences required. You are correct in saying that the licence to operate is only issued after you have successfully trained and passed the exam (1 day) but the licence to have a radio on the boat is issued separately and, to my knowledge, there are no requirements other than filling in the paperwork and paying the fee. As has been said previously, it is an offence to carry a radio (fixed or h/h) without the licence and it is also an offence to use one without either holding an operator's licence or using it under the supervision of someone who does.

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Many thanks for the info Louise!
All clear now.

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Hi DJL!
From what I can tell, one cannot obtain a license until a VHF course is completed. This is what I gathered from the radiol license forms homepage or have I missed something?

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Bajan I have just followed that link & filled in the form with no mention of having a VHF license!
If any one knows where I can do the course around the Thames Vally/ west London let me know!
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Bajan,

There are 2 licences required. You are correct in saying that the licence to operate is only issued after you have successfully trained and passed the exam (1 day) but the licence to have a radio on the boat is issued separately and, to my knowledge, there are no requirements other than filling in the paperwork and paying the fee. As has been said previously, it is an offence to carry a radio (fixed or h/h) without the licence and it is also an offence to use one without either holding an operator's licence or using it under the supervision of someone who does.

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If any one knows where I can do the course around the Thames Vally/ west London let me know!
I did mine at Bisham Abbey Sailing School, near Marlow. www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk
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