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Old 28 May 2004, 07:07   #31
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I did mine at Bisham Abbey Sailing School, near Marlow. www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk
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Old 28 May 2004, 08:32   #32
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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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Nick!
If you give want to, give me a call on 07968 625 291, I think I've found the last 2 places in Chiswick for 12 June at a bargain price of £45.00
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Old 28 May 2004, 08:40   #33
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If you give want to, give me a call on 07968 625 291, I think I've found the last 2 places in Chiswick for 12 June at a bargain price of £45.00
Hi thanks but I have to work on Saturdays!
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No problem!
I know the feeling, luckily I managed to wangle a day off. I've found another who can do it during the week, but more pricey (£85.00 + exam fee). London Auxiliary Old Hands Club-Godfrey Browne. He said he could do it next Friday if I wanted, but I'm working. If you are interested, his number is 020 7607 3916/07973 715 147.

Good luck, the RYA website is as slow as molasses going uphill in February.
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OK. I bought a H/H VHF today. I've registered it with the address given above, and paid the £15 fee. Does this now mean I am legal (in that I can carry and radio and listen to it, but not actually transmit with it?).

Do I simply need to do the RYA course now to be able to fully use it?
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You can now carry it, and in an emergency you can use it to indicate your distress, but until you have your operators certificate you cannot listen to it or carry out routine communications.

You could take someone with you who has a SRC certificate and they can supervise you.
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Old 28 May 2004, 14:27   #37
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Given that you can legally buy a scanner, and legally listen to marine band VHF frequencies, why couldn't he listen in? I thought that a licence was only required to transmit. Am I wrong?

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Unforunatly, it is just like a TV licence, they expect you to pay for something that is just floating around in the air.

A lot of the laws are very protracted to do with radio communications, such ans not being allowed to use manes (of people) or repeat anything you overhear between other parties.

Scanners are a grey area as thay allow access to alot of channels that are restricted, like the coastguard CH 0, but it is very hard for the Radio Investigation chaps to home in on somebody who never transmits.

Nobody said that the law had to make sense (bit like my typing), it just is!!
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Tim,

You can now legally use the radio in emergency situations.

You can also listen and transmit on channel M and M2 (doesn't help much)

Now, you can't 'use' the radio unless you have an operator’s certificate. However as usual the nice people at Offcom took up three pages explaining the terms 'you' and 'me' but didn't bother about 'use'. So who knows whether you can listen or not - probably not.

However in the interest of safety – I would listen away. If anybody asks, which they won't, just wave your radio license and them.
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No problem!
I know the feeling, luckily I managed to wangle a day off. I've found another who can do it during the week, but more pricey (£85.00 + exam fee). London Auxiliary Old Hands Club-Godfrey Browne. He said he could do it next Friday if I wanted, but I'm working. If you are interested, his number is 020 7607 3916/07973 715 147.

Good luck, the RYA website is as slow as molasses going uphill in February.
Thanks for that & yes the RYA has to be the slowest site on the net!!!!!
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