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Old 12-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #81
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Which model do you have, Mark?
Don't recall, and I've no photo immediately available. Will tell you in the next day or three. Let me know of your Vallejo-bound schedule!
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:23 AM   #82
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I'm in Idaho at the moment. Sea ya' on Saturday. We'll figure it out!
It's now on my calendar. And whether it's figured out before or not, there is "stuff" for us needing to go over.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:51 AM   #83
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Here on a Holiday weekend it can become offencive. Kids, fishermen swearing at each other, asking what's happening out at #2, are they biting.
In the UK, the owner of a boat applies for a Ship Radio Licence from OFCOM (the Goverment's Office of Communications). Granting the licence also grants the boat a call sign such as STH34.

Provided you have the Ship Radio Licence, you can instal a VHF which can only be used by someone who has a Short Range VHF licence (done the course and passed the test) or that a someone with a licence is overseeing a non-licenced person using the VHF.

It's fairly obvious if someone hasn't been trained, and the Coast Guard (CG) has a habit of asking for the call sign. The CG has the ability to track and fine.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:59 AM   #84
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It's fairly obvious if someone hasn't been trained, and the Coast Guard (CG) has a habit of asking for the call sign. The CG has the ability to track and fine.
Not obvious to me this is a good thing compared to the paperwork and expense of registration, regardless of some nonsense/idiocy that goes on in unregulated jurisdictions.
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Not obvious to me this is a good thing compared to the paperwork and expense of registration, regardless of some nonsense/idiocy that goes on in unregulated jurisdictions.
We have no mandatory licencing at all for driving a boat in the UK if it's less than 24m (78') and for private use. Yet we have one of the lowest accident records. This is argued to be because owners treat training as a 'good thing' and take appropriate courses.

But you do need a VHF licence which is seen as another 'good thing' since it trains not only on the standards of broadcasting, but on safety (Mayday etc), GMDSS and so on.

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Someone needs to show this Luddite how to make my VHF scan particular channels. Ray? Al?
A Luddite wouldn't bother.
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