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Old 29 September 2014, 12:03   #11
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Geographically it was always handy to know if there was anything on the radio in Portland and you were in Solent and vice versa that it either needed attention or not (a lot of us South England types travel between the two a lot (or used to) - but there can be a lot of distance now between the West end of Solent and the east end.....

Now I'm wondering if they will still have two working channels for Solent ( the old Solent & Portland ( 73 & 67? was / is it - I'm not in boaty brain mode at the mo...)
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Old 29 September 2014, 12:04   #12
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A few weeks ago we were diving off the Farne Isles, Northumberland. Called Humber coastguard to inform them of our plan, no answer from after calls. Aberdeen coastguard eventually answered us & dedided to relay the message on!
Similar distances away from us, but I guess the atmospherics as suggested played a part in the reception, or non-reception???
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Because in our area depending upon the atmospherics if thats the right term you might get some french coastguard or some coastguard from Gurnesy, Jersey or down to west country Devon, Cornwall, lots of Frenchies on the air waves at the moment.
And the problem with that is...? Or do your various entities not talk to each other?

If a vessel is having a problem, you'd want *someone* to know about it. Initial contact could be with anyone in a position to either assist, or relay the message in the right direction.

Calling for someone who no longer exists, or isn't receiving, or is not a position to respond is a waste of time, isn't it?


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My spalling is apealing! lol
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Geographically it was always handy to know if there was anything on the radio in Portland and you were in Solent and vice versa that it either needed attention or not (a lot of us South England types travel between the two a lot (or used to) - but there can be a lot of distance now between the West end of Solent and the east end.....

Now I'm wondering if they will still have two working channels for Solent ( the old Solent & Portland ( 73 & 67? was / is it - I'm not in boaty brain mode at the mo...)
Maybe we should say 'any coastguard, any coastguard'? when calling up!
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Maybe we should say 'any coastguard, any coastguard'? when calling up!
Bobbing about off St Albans head we heard Brixham CG on Sat - odd looks at each other and we just arried on - have they merged and run further up the coast towards the Solent now I wonder ?

Google failing me .....

Edit - just looked at area Solent are now covering HUGE !!! Super busy - probably even busier than the previous 'Solent' stretch - really hope they have a more than the one working channel !
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Because in our area depending upon the atmospherics if thats the right term you might get some french coastguard or some coastguard from Gurnesy, Jersey or down to west country Devon, Cornwall, lots of Frenchies on the air waves at the moment.
But with a 'pan pan' or 'mayday' ( like in the OP ) your not specifically targeting a particular coastguard station, if distances / reception are an issue any other VHF user will hopefully relay your situation to the appriopte authority - your just looking for help no matter who answers!
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Losing divers is bad...really bad. Especially if the fog rolls in.

First of all the divers should have their own safety gear. A Storm Whistle, and an SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) to make them self seen. I also carry an air powered whistle that hooks to my reg set that is so loud you need to put your head underwater. Probably my single most important piece of rescue equipment, and also my most fragile, is my Nautilus Lifeline VHF DSC equipped radio. If I am going diving, let alone drift diving I will always carry a PLB or radio. A PLB is hands down the best piece of equipment for survival a diver can carry. The ACR Resqlink + floats and fits into a pretty small canister.

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Now I'm wondering if they will still have two working channels for Solent ( the old Solent & Portland ( 73 & 67? was / is it - I'm not in boaty brain mode at the mo...)

Yes - Ch 67 is encouraged during the summer for radio checks in the Solent to reduce the general traffic on Ch 16
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It'll get busy fast for them switching masts if they dont keep both....

Start of next summer will be radio anarchy.. Even more than now....
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