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Old 07-09-2012, 09:32 PM   #21
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As stupid as some of those are, I believe everyone of them!!

You should hear some of the 9-1-1 calls that come into our centers. It's an exercise in patience. The most common call goes like this:

9-1-1 what are you reporting?

(caller) Yes, I've been involved in a collision on the freeway and we need an officer here.

Are there any injuries?

(caller) Uhh, I think my car is ruined!!

OK, where are you located?

(caller) I'm in my car and I'm talking to you on my cell phone.

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My other favorite:

9-1-1 what are you reporting

(caller) I've run out of gas on the freeway

What's your location ?

(caller) Well, if I knew that, I would have called my husband to come help me!!

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Old 07-09-2012, 09:55 PM   #22
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Radar.
If you have one us it.

It will last longer if you use it.

So say the Furuno tec guy's

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According to the Furuno shop we use. the LCD displays have a finite life. Eventually they will start to dim and as this goes on you'll eventually have to have the display screen replaced. While this is not a reason to not use the radar when you need or want to use it, if you leave it off unless you want or need to use it, the longer (calendar) time you'll get out of the display.

When I asked about "exercising" the antenna he shrugged and said if we didn't turn the radar on for a month or two we could turn it on for a few minutes if we wanted to to give it a spin. But he didn't seem to think it would be any big deal if we didn't.

In the Elco PT operations manual I obtained as part of the research material for my current writing project it instructs the crew to turn on the boat's electronics--- radio, RDF, etc.--- for a few minutes every day. However this was in the day of vacuum tube equipment and wiring and other components that were susceptible to moisture and a host of other problems. Running the equipment every day was considered a way of keeping the components dry, keeping corrosion at bay, and ensuring they would work when they were needed. Not an issue with today's digital and sealed units.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #23
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The funniest radio call I heard was at Dodds Narrows one day, the boats were mustering to make the transit at slack tide. When a big Tolly came running past everyone throwing up a huge wake heading for the narrows. Everyone was yelling on the VHF to shut her down of course he started yelling right back, even my wife was blushing at the language. Then one very cool, calm and collected voice came over the air waves, "Since when did they let Tolly owners go to Bayliner school?" He didn't say a word but immediately shut her down and motored off with no wake. He was pretty humble at the dock in Nanamio, not saying a word, but a lot of people had little smirks.

PS.....I like Tollys and Bayliners, just not when they have a loose nut behind the wheel.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:30 PM   #24
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Mark, I'm not being critical, but on the east coast if you come into a harbor with the radar running you would be asked to turn it off. The two things I try to remember before coming into a harbor are turn off the radar and turn off the synchronizer. In my case there is a restaurant in front, and a restaurant in the rear. If the radar is left on, the patrons get hosed pretty good with microwaves.

The East coast of what continent?

... OMG this takes the silly prize!
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:32 PM   #25
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Last year during my winter trip south about once a day a power/sport boat would scream past with out a VHF call or even a horn blast. Then with the Icom turned on High power and the mic Gain Up, Hey captain thanks for the slow port side pass " he passed on the starboard side he then calls back " did we wake you" I said yes and you spilled the captains drink he is mad" Then like he is going to drive back and re pass us on the wrong side again " tell the captain it wont happen again " Then about 2 days later i hear a call on the radio " South bound XXX boat this is XXX we are going to pass you on the left side slowly tell the captain to hold his drink" so as he motors past at about 20Knots pulling more wake than last time" the only thing i could muster was " thanks for the port side pass captain" and they let these people buy and drive large power boats ???????
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #26
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Regarding the radar wearing out, it is my understanding that there is a finite life (approx. 2,000 hours) for the Furuno magnetron unit. The catch is, apparently the magnetron is "on" and counting down those hours even when the radar is in the standby mode. Have never had anyone complain about use of the radar, though we tend to not use it on clear days in local areas. The AIS is always on with the chart-plotter. The radar is still absolutely invaluable at night and in fog!!!
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:43 PM   #27
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........... Have never had anyone complain about use of the radar, .............
Not everyone will know your radar is "ON" and not everyone will know the danger, but being in the beam of an operating radar is not good for your health or anyone else's health.

It's one of those things that adds up over time. Your gonads won't fall off imediately if you're hit by the beam, but it's best to avoid it and not put bystanders at risk.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by skipperdude
Radar.
If you have one us it.

It will last longer if you use it.

So say the Furuno tec guy's

SD


According to the Furuno shop we use. the LCD displays have a finite life. Eventually they will start to dim and as this goes on you'll eventually have to have the display screen replaced. While this is not a reason to not use the radar when you need or want to use it, if you leave it off unless you want or need to use it, the longer (calendar) time you'll get out of the display.

When I asked about "exercising" the antenna he shrugged and said if we didn't turn the radar on for a month or two we could turn it on for a few minutes if we wanted to to give it a spin. But he didn't seem to think it would be any big deal if we didn't.

In the Elco PT operations manual I obtained as part of the research material for my current writing project it instructs the crew to turn on the boat's electronics--- radio, RDF, etc.--- for a few minutes every day. However this was in the day of vacuum tube equipment and wiring and other components that were susceptible to moisture and a host of other problems. Running the equipment every day was considered a way of keeping the components dry, keeping corrosion at bay, and ensuring they would work when they were needed. Not an issue with today's digital and sealed units.

Ask the same question to different people you get different responses.

Perhaps your guy knew more than mine
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #29
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The information on magnetron life expectancy comes directly from the Furuno handbook where they specify between 2,000 and 3,000 hours including "standby". Since we already have 2,500 engine hours, I now limit radar time to when I need it. No reason to run radar on a crisp bright day while we are in open coastal waters. On the other hand it is absolutely invaluable when off-shore and/or running at night or in fog (which we get quite often in New England!!).
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Spent last Friday's afternoon on the immobile, berth-tied Coot for lunch and afternoon newspaper reading/snooze. As always, had the radar working and the VHF radio set for channel sixteen. A couple of radio exchanges had Perla and I laughing.

Boater: "Mare Island Bridge, this is xxx."

Bridge tender acknowledges, and the boater says "I'll be picking up a passenger at the Vallejo Yacht Club and will need bridge opening to go upriver."

Bridge tender: "Call when you leave the club's marina" (about a half mile from the bridge).

Couple minutes later, the boater says "radio check." The bridge tender acknowledges.

Sometime later ...

Boater: "Bridge, this is xxx."

Couple minutes later, boater says "bridge, bridge, this is xxx."

Couple minutes later, boater says "bridge, bridge, bridge, this is xxx." No bridge tender answers.

The boater then calls the Benicia Marina and confirms bridge-in-question monitors channel 16.

Subsequently, the boater says "Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge, this is xxx." Then that bridge tender responded.
Bridge tenders are famous for not answering if you call them by an incorrect name. "bridge, bridge, bridge" will not cause any bridge tender to answer. Call them and when they answer they will answer with the correct name. I always talk to them, even when I do not require an opening. They appreciate the "heads up"
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:27 PM   #31
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United States Coast Guard! United States Coast Guard!
Vessel calling the United States Coast Guard, this is the United States Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Florida, what is the name of your vessel and the nature of your distress?
We are taking on water and unable to start our engine!
Vessel calling the United States Coast Guard, what is the name of your vessel and your location?
We are about out of sight of land off the Jacksonville inlet!
Vessel calling the United States Coast Guard, what is the name and description of your vessel?
We are a twenty foot runabout and we are taking on water!
Vessel in distress, what is the name of your vessel and how many persons are aboard?
Wait a minute, I have to talk to the other owners,
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We just decided to name the boat "Holiday Farmer" but we haven't put the name on yet.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #32
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The pilot of a light aircraft is disabled by sudden illness. The attractive blond passenger with no flying knowledge,despite her panic,manages to contact traffic control at a nearby airport and has the good fortune to speak with a highly experienced officer with considerable light aircraft flying experience,he assures her he has successfully talked down several people in her situation to a safe landing and she is in good hands. "What is your position and height?" he asks. She responds "I`m in the front right seat,I`m 5ft 10inches tall". "Mmm" responds the officer,"I think we might tackle this another way,can you repeat after me, Our Father,which art in Heaven...."
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