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Old 23 August 2004, 05:32   #1
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How to obtain a VHF radio License?

I am doing my RYA level 2 course on Thursday but my instructor cannot do the VHF radio course for me. What does this course entail? Any advice on Northern Schools would be apreciated.

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Old 23 August 2004, 06:04   #2
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Short Range Certificate Course

Try looking here
should find details of both the course and where its run.



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Old 23 August 2004, 06:11   #3
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Whoever you do the course with, please remember:
1. Do DSC/VHF not just VHF
2. Take with you at least two passport photos, and your cheque book. Your instructor, if you pass, should apply on your behalf, for the OPERATORS license (hence the photos). This legally allows you to operate any marine radio (with permission of the skipper, of course)
3. Additionaly, when you get a radio, you must pay an annual (20??) to the ex-Radio Agency for your RADIO license. This legally allows the operation of a radio from your vessel.
4. Top-tip. Learn your phonetic alphabet BEFORE you go on the course. Practice by reading out aloud, car number plates phonetically, as you drive around.
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It's also really useful to read around before you go on the course. The following two books will help you:

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDSS) G22/02 4.95

RYA VHF Radio Syllabus & sample Exam Questions G26/02 3.50

I do not recommend Reed's VHF DSC book though; it was double the price of the others, and seems quite out of date now (was written 12 years ago).
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