When we came up the coast from Sydney
we stayed in contact with Marine Rescue
all the way, logging on and off with stations as we went.
When we came into Queensland
I contacted VMR Southport ("Seaway Tower") and logged off with them - no worries.
However as we moved further north it became functionally impossible to contact any of the VMR's. We just did not get a response.
I had done a few radio
checks on Ch 16 in Sydney
and while sometimes transmission
was less than perfect the radio
seems to be working fine.
I did another radio check from where we are now to the local Coastguard a week or so ago and received a cordial response that we were being received 5/5 which I understand to be loud and clear.
Wanting my wife to be conversant with radio procedure I got her to try recently for a radio check on Ch73, however there was no response.
She tried again on my urging on Ch 16 and the question was were we in trouble. At this point I took over and assured the operator that there was no trouble and was told to get off Ch 16.
So is there any proper way to get in contact with VHF
stations in Queensland
, or have I just been unlucky?