Originally Posted by chris.moody
Still confused, if calling coastguard using DSC, after being switched to working channel by CG, who makes the first voice comms, the ship that instigated the call or the CG?
If calling the CG using DSC and after being switched to a working channel by CG,
first voice comms is instigated by the CG.
There are 2 rules regarding who controls a conversation.
A) If two boats are out for the day, and you call your friend, he controls the conversation.
B) If a boat initiates comms with the CG, the CG always controls the comms.
If they switch you to a working channel, then you wait for them to call you when they are ready and have time to talk to you, like a queue based system (appropriate amount of time waiting, they are human and can forget about you, however they may also be working an incident that you cannot hear or know about, so a little patience)
This is obviously with respect to routine calls.
If you are making any urgency (Pan Pan) or distress (Mayday) they will be all over you like .... well ... like Willk said... like Me over a bambi burger.
Guarantee you utter Pan Pan or Mayday, you get the CG undivided attention
Hope this answers your question