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Old 05 January 2004, 18:38   #21
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I have'nt sat the exam yet, but hope to by the end of Feb with East Anglian Sea School ( my dad passed his in 2000) if you wondered about trying set out. When we where away last week in Norfolk the bloke next door tried the set and could not get any reception, he had the new Silva S10 on his flybridge cruiser which picked up a good reception, he said the ariel may not be connected, the dealer can sort it out when he does 10 hour service along with the Garmin 80 fishfinder that reads 480 ft in 7ft of water.



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Old 05 January 2004, 18:42   #22
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[i] I don't beleive you can send a distress or urgency call on the DSC unit without GPS connected OR manual position entered[/B]
Daniel,

You can, I think send a Distress without your GPS connected or without entering manually, it just sends out a whole bunch of 999's (not much good in an Emergancy when time is of the essence).

I would recommend setting up with a GPS of course.


Question Daniel, if you've passed your VHF years ago (pre-DSC) do you have to re-sit your VHF exam before being issued with a MMSI number?


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Old 05 January 2004, 18:53   #23
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You personally don't need any kind of VHF licence to be issued with a ship's licence, callsign, or MMSI number.

Technically, though, you can't operate the set unless someone else onboard has a DSC licence - i would imagine this is a bit of a grey area in the situation of a combined unit and persons like yourself (assuming you don't want to use DSC for routine reasons).

I beleive there is a very short conversion course, one evening (not that the full course needs to be much longer).
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Old 05 January 2004, 18:56   #24
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Daniel, thanks for the kick up the arse, licence now applied for and a lot easier than the form they sent me. They wanted to know the mmsi on the application form they sent me, does'nt matter now all done and dusted.


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Richard do you boat from Southend or somewhere? We could meet.
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Daniel, I've always done my boating around the river blackwater and colne estuary, but can launch at Leigh on Sea at any state of tide to cross the Thames Estuary, it would be a pleasure to meet up with you and any other ribnet users. Would do the boat a bit of good as well, the engine has done 7 hours but at 5mph.



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Old 05 January 2004, 19:15   #27
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I'm always prommising to meet up with people and never quite sort it out. My turn to have a kick up the arse and sort it out. I'll make it my New Years Resolution.

I'm up for a meet-up, at Southend Pier? I could get a guy called Mike from Herne Bay who i keep promissing to meet to come as well i expect.

FYI BIBOA have a thames cruise, date TBA, but July, which i intend to go on this year.
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Daniel let me know when your planning your trip to southend pier as me and phil will come along.

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My Girls , can you tell us any more about the slip at Leigh on Sea ?
The Thames is not the easiest of rivers to launch into in my experience . ( There's no mention of this one on "Boatlaunch")
Thanks in anticipation.
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I suspect you mean Two Tree Island? Near Leigh but not Leigh itself which is V tidal. I dont like Two Tree as its too shallow a slope, too narrow and the tide runs in and out too fast. However it IS the only slip on the Essex Lower Thames with any kind of tidal window.
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