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Old 14 August 2014, 16:41   #1
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National Coastwatch to get CH65

So NCI have been allocated VHF CH65... from 1st October
NCI GRANTED DEDICATED VHF CHANNEL | National Coastwatch Institution

Any of you guys think you'd ever contact them? Are they the coastguard equivalent of ambulance chasers or do they actually serve a useful function...

Not quite sure what the calling procedure will be... CH16 or direct or either.

Appologies to the Scottish Rib.netters (and Irish?) who are deprived of such a valuable uniformed service ...
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Old 14 August 2014, 16:46   #2
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So NCI have been allocated VHF CH65... from 1st October......Appologies to the Scottish Rib.netters (and Irish?) who are deprived of such a valuable uniformed service ...
No, but I think that it's a good thing. Having their own channel will spare them the indignity of having to hoof it down to the nearest Lifeboat Station to request a callout to boats stuck on sandbars...
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No, but I think that it's a good thing. Having their own channel will spare them the indignity of having to hoof it down to the nearest Lifeboat Station to request a callout to boats stuck on sandbars...
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Ah but their declared facilities have always had the ability to use CH 0 with permission of the CG (not sure how they got that permission a it sounds like its call specific!!)

And any numnut with half a brain knows that to call a lifeboat you'd be better contacting the RNLI launch authority.
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And any numnut with half a brain knows that to call a lifeboat you'd be better contacting the RNLI launch authority.
Hi I am a numnut with half a brain

Could you tell me how exactly how I am to contact my local RNLI Launch authority to "call a lifeboat" - is that the same as calling a taxi .

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If only there was some modern alternative... either that could bounce a message off a satelite to a base station rather than relying on someone watching out for a flare...anyone?
Is that question for real
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Hi I am a numnut with half a brain
Could you tell me how exactly how I am to contact my local RNLI Launch authority to "call a lifeboat" - is that the same as calling a taxi .
No. To get a free lift home from the pub you dial 101 round here. It doubles up as the Police Non-Emergency Number...

To get a lifeboat you dial 9-9-9 and ask for the Coastguard... and they do all the other bits for you - contacting the Launch Authority. Its a really good service, and it seems they are quite good at it (they even sometimes do it when there are some sailing dinghies capsized with a club safety boat alongside)... But you don't need to turn up at the lifeboat station in person or anything... customer service at its best.

"Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard" got a bit of a ring to it hasn't it.. ..I should suggest that to them for their next advertising campaign.

But dont dial 999 for a taxi - you just start the whole 999, 112 debate (
) about which number is better to call and then you get one of those taxis thats like a van with a dog cage in the back and they take you to a pretty poor quality hotel for the night with a bucket in the room instead of a toilet and no satellite TV.

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So NCI........
Who? sincerely, never heard of 'em
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Who? sincerely, never heard of 'em
If you forgive the pun, I'm in the same boat as you Dave.

I'm now fighting the old cynic inside that's telling me the rise of the voluntary NCI organisation (staffed by volunteers and funded by donations as I understand it?) uneeringly coincides with the closure of the Coastguard stations that were staffed by professionals and funded by the taxpayer until just recently.

I'll shut up now before it gets political.

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If you forgive the pun, I'm in the same boat as you Dave.

I'm now fighting the old cynic inside that's telling me the rise of the voluntary NCI organisation (staffed by volunteers and funded by donations as I understand it?) uneeringly coincides with the closure of the Coastguard stations that were staffed by professionals and funded by the taxpayer until just recently.

I'll shut up now before it gets political.

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Actually they've been going for 20yrs since the first closures of cg lookouts.

I may be being unfair to them but it all comes across a bit dad's army meets neighbourhood watch!

That said if they had wider coverage they might? Be a better bet to lodge your passage plan with than cg as I suspect if you don't call in then they might actually do something.
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