Obtain your radio license and operate a VHF radio set on your yacht or motorboat. This book explains how to use a VHF radio on your boat. It covers licensing the boat and the operator, then takes you through each type of call, and its ‘standard procedure’. You can also call using Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and the book has photo sequences of how to do this. Each procedure is illustrated using the story of the yacht Sierra making various passages and communicating with other vessels, the Coastguard and other VHF operators such as yacht clubs. Probably the most important section is sending a Mayday – the nautical call for help. This 3 rd edition contains all relevant updates including the latest technology developments, and VHF protocols. Recommended for the Short Range Certificate Helps you pass the exam Excellent reference book to keep on board Fully illustrated step–by–step guides to every VHF procedure Fun animations to describe new topics and concepts Covers DSC, SARTS, EPIRBs, NAVTEX and CG66
Foreword VHF is Wonderful ...VHF-DSC is better!
1 Licences and certificates
2 Types of VHF set
3 What is the range of the set?
4 How to begin using a VHF radiotelephone
5 The DSC Controller
6 Which channel do I use?
7 What do I say? ...Prowords
8 Ship-to-Ship routine communications
9 Routine communications with HM Coastguard
10 Routine communications with marinas, ports and harbours
11 On passage withyacht Sierra
12 Distress proceduresand Coastguardacknowledgement
13 What do I do ifl hear a Mayday?
14 The Mayday Relay...'Urgency Alert'
15 Pan Pan... 'Urgency Alert'
16 Securite ...'Safety Alert'
17 SIERRA ...the return! An eventful homeward passage
21 Radio channels
Mayday Procedure Card