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Old 18 August 2011, 11:15   #11
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Coastguard prefers DSC ...

Just thought I'd add that I've noticed recently that all the routine CG broadacsts from Humber CG (the ones on Ch23 at least) are preceded by a general announcment encouraging people to contact them initially via DSC.

I also paid a visit to the Holyhead CG recently who, when asked, expresssed the same preference.
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Ship to Shore Station you should not need to select channel, since this is selected by shore based station. ( shore stations have limited channels)

the shore based stations are all 00 in front so radio will know its ship to shore...so no need to select channel...


SHIP to SHIP you will select channel.

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Thanks Scott ...

... that does make sense.

(Much more than the manual does!).
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Coast stations should always be choosing the working channel be it by dsc or voice vhf.
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Coast stations should always be choosing the working channel be it by dsc or voice vhf.

prefered your first version better edits don't change on email notification!
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In this area, seeing that you are from Preston, Liverpool coastguard will generally send you to ch86 after calling them on ch16. 67 used to be used for routine traffic but with the demise of uk coast radio stations they inherited an amount of work and their channels. Thats when Lpool started using 86 and holyhead 84. Prevents bleed over of calls as used to happen when both Holyhead and Liverpool were using 67 at the same time.
Both 86 and 84 are duplex channels which is a pain as you don't hear the shipside transmission on routine calls which would be useful to hear in the event of large vessels being on the move in a particular area during foggy weather. Because of this in the event of a casualty service where it is preferable to have casualty/lifeboat/coastguard rescue team/helicopter all able to talk to and hear each other on vhf then ch67, which is Simplex, is used.
We speak to Lpl regularly when training and on the workboat. We never use DSC, it is not neccesary here, the airwaves are not overloaded here and its just another complication in what should be a simple task.
Bottom line here-call liverpool coastguard on ch16 and go to whichever channel they nominate. And enjoy the benefit of a fairly local MRSC, which we will not have if this lot of elected clowns go ahead with their closure plans.
(By the way have you done a radio course? and if so did they not tell you about coast stations choosing the working channel??)
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yeah first was better then spotted where you were from- the sentiment is still the same---if you have done a radio course and they didnt tell you about coast stations they want shooting! The edit would only let me put so many words back in and I ran outa space! Hope the other info helps
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Ship to Shore Station you should not need to select channel, since this is selected by shore based station. ( shore stations have limited channels)

the shore based stations are all 00 in front so radio will know its ship to shore...so no need to select channel...


SHIP to SHIP you will select channel.

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but i already know lol i am SRC Assessor too...and make sure people are told this on course...

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yeah yeah it all got mixed up I know Scott and so do you I was answering neils posts hence the preston comment. It sorta got mixed up with your post telling me I'd edited the post before ...ooh m'head hurts now too much bobbin about at sea and too little alchohol for a saturday night
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Ship to Shore Station you should not need to select channel, since this is selected by shore based station. ( shore stations have limited channels)

the shore based stations are all 00 in front so radio will know its ship to shore...so no need to select channel...


SHIP to SHIP you will select channel.

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DSC works fine for calls to the coastguard ... but don't forget the ship-to-shore one that regularly goes wrong when trying to call a marina that only has Ch80. No point trying to raise them by voice on a calling channel first (and have you ever tried to find their MMSI to call them by DSC??) Not enough people check their almanacs, pilot books, or Admiralty lists to find out the working channels for ports and marinas.
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