Originally Posted by vjmehra
I have a VHF radio fixed to my RIB console, I had never used it as I have not done the required training, however when passing through the barrier control zone last month London VTS told me to simply listen on channel 14 (without transmitting).
I understand that I could use the radio in a Mayday situation, but is it legal for me to simply listen to channel 16, if I make no tranmissions?
I intend to do the RYA course soon, but have not yet done so.
Yes, you can listen to any channel, but you must not repeat anything you hear to anyone else - or even say which vessels were talking. At least, that's what I was told a long time ago.
I find listening to other traffic is the most useful feature of VHF (big ship movements, weather forecasts etc). I rarely use it to speak to anyone. I usually set it to scan all the intership and Coastguard channels.