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Old 18-02-2017, 20:10   #31
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Re: Marine radio transmit

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But hey, at least they know enough to use the calling channel and then want to switch...
True... some of the time, anyhow!

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Such a good line... and you missed the chance to use it. You're too nice, Wottie!

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Re: Marine radio transmit

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I recently went through a formal marine radio course run by the local VMR guys and, I am sorry to say, it was a total waste of my time and money. The only practical aspect of the course was a trip to the VMR radio room where I learned more from listening to the operators for five minutes than I did in the whole two day course. I should have just turned up on the second afternoon and sat the test. I would have passed anyway from reading the book.

I am now a lot less inclined to think someone is operating without a license when I hear very poor radio procedure because I now know it was not taught in the course I attended.

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Old 19-02-2017, 04:03   #33
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I recently went through a formal marine radio course run by the local VMR guys and, I am sorry to say, it was a total waste of my time and money. The only practical aspect of the course was a trip to the VMR radio room where I learned more from listening to the operators for five minutes than I did in the whole two day course. I should have just turned up on the second afternoon and sat the test. I would have passed anyway from reading the book.

I am now a lot less inclined to think someone is operating without a license when I hear very poor radio procedure because I now know it was not taught in the course I attended.

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Crikey, two whole days to get almost nothing - yikes!

So what did they do for the two days???

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Old 19-02-2017, 07:15   #34
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Re: Marine radio transmit

I went through this last year and btrayfors had the right answer. First thing you want to know is if it is the antenna/cable that is the problem or if it is the radio itself. My own experience on sailboats is that 9 times out of 10 electrical issues are caused by bad cables or corroded connections but the first thing you want to know is radio? or antenna? Personally, I wanted it to be the radio because even though that costs more, I would pay that money not to have to pull cables through the mast and half the boat. Surprise! It actually WAS the radio.
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Re: Marine radio transmit

The problem with having to take a test of get a license to use a marine radio is, many people would just chose not to have one. You're probably better off safety wise having a radio on your boat even if you don't have a license than not having one at all.


BTW: The instruction book that comes with the radio is a valuable resource if you choose to read it.
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BTW: The instruction book that comes with the radio is a valuable resource if you choose to read it.
That would be great start for many
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