Originally Posted by Solent Ranger
Interesting your comment on the simulators actually transmitting. I'm in the process of having some simulators made up by a radio engineer. Will to all intense and purposes look like a real set, but will just have an amplifer and speaker in them. The cost of full Simrad sets are too expensive for me. These sim sets will come in at about £50 (TBC) a pair. Will come with fist mikes at al.
Will you be able to send DSC messages?
Or will it just be for voice?
Our simulators and those made by Simrad give real life radio's.
They are a great toll for teaching.
I think it would be like doing your Level II in a bath using Action Man and Barbie boats.
There is a place for PC simulators and voice simulators but there is nothing better that real radio's.
Having taught radio for many years the biggest fear from most students is picking up a mic and talking to someone else.
Being able to practise with something that is as near to the real thing has got to be better.
IMHO the course should be longer to allow students to play radio.
The SCR in its current form does not allow for lengthy "radio play"
Like doing you driving test and only ever had 15 mins in a car!
When I first went in to instructing many moons ago a wise old sage said to me something that I never have forgotten and always try to include in my talks:-
What I hear I forget
What I see I remember
But what I do I understand.