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by MikeB
Thu May 28, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

There's nothing "controversial" about it - while I accept that there are those who choose to ignore the legal requirements to hold a SRC if you want to use the set, I really don't get why folk won't do the course. Cost, maybe? I've done mine, and either organised or had some involvement with several...
by MikeB
Tue May 12, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1472

Re: Boris says...

The problem, however, remains that IF you require the services of the emergency services, you put a huge number of people potentially at risk. Now, feel free to make that decision. You will, of course, do so KNOWING that you are Covid clear, and are able to prove this. While hoping that all the vari...
by MikeB
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

I have several of these small, plastic clips which I use for attaching everything from my VHF to a compass to me or the boat. Clickty click to go to eBay
by MikeB
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus MV vs Tiderace Xcape; how do they compare?
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: P&H Cetus MV vs Tiderace Xcape; how do they compare?

Xplore - or Xcape? You've noted them both. I've (briefly) paddled a Cetus and rather liked it - I was playing around in the race at Heston and found it responsive and playful. Although as I'm too big for it, that test went nowhere! The Xplore X I have these days is fast, responsive and has massive l...
by MikeB
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

I know people in MRTs that have spent nights searching hillsides on account of out of date flares being let off in back gardens. Obviously anyone thinking of doing this needs to use some common sense but I really fail to see how a handheld flare let off in a typical back garden is going to result i...
by MikeB
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

I occasionally sail yachts as well as regularly paddling kayaks. The general standard of vhf radio use is depressingly poor, even among experienced sailors. Don’t assume that others know the correct protocol - take the course and you can be confident that you can handle an emergency. Absolutely. An...
by MikeB
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

I have a pal who happens to be a trainer / assessor for SRC. He told me this : “For portable units you need a licence for each set you are using. If you have 3 sets and only use one at a time you just need 1 licence. Licences are free so you could get one for each set you have just in case you have ...
by MikeB
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Free tide tables
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Free tide tables

Well spotted!
by MikeB
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

SRC _is_ part of the licencing requirements. Nope. From an Ofcom doc I linked to earlier. "6.1: To meet our international obligations, both types of UK ship radio licences stipulate that maritime radio apparatus may be operated only by (or under the direct supervision of) a person who holds an appr...
by MikeB
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

From the course notes:

D.2 Safety (includes Coastguard and rescue services)
Paddlers must be able to operate a marine band VHF transceiver and show good operating procedures for radio traffic. UK residents must understand the VHF radio licencing requirements.
by MikeB
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

No "handbags at dawn" - just well meaning but inaccurate comment. The LEGAL REQUIREMENT to monitor 16 is all that's been removed. But you'll find that 16 is still monitored, as in the VHF will be on 16. And is used frequently. Example being on the Forth last year when we picked up a Mayday relay on ...
by MikeB
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

I hope I've not stirred up to much controversy here, I was just looking to find out the legal obligations of having a vhf, I'd actually be quite happy to just have it for emergency use tbh as my main concern is for solo paddling, if it's illegal to use for other means I'll just let the others make ...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Is vhf course needed

It is a requirement to operate. It is not a requirement to obtain an Ofcom licence. There’s nothing ambiguous about it, let alone ‘strictly correct’.

Re your second point - can you direct us to your specific reference source, please?
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

Sorry Bud not wishing to be rude but you need to read things correctly even when in print from ofcom. But you aren't. Not wishing to be rude Bud. Thus far, much of what you've asserted is factually incorrect. (1) SRC is a requirement to obtain your license Really? Where does it mention this? That w...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

Interesting point being raised from the above. I have two VHF hand-helds, one DSC one non-DSC but I've only registered the DSC set. If I had bought the non DSC set first, I would have applied for a licence for it (why not, it's free...) then, when I bought the DSC set I would also have registered i...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

What can I say? Earlier you said it was only DSC radios that required a licence. Are you now saying a DSC handheld requires some sort of "special" licence?
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

We're going in circles my friend. Are you saying that if the set doesn't have DSC then it doesn't need a licence? it,s just that your initial statement regarding registration makes it sound that you needed to register whatever radio you intend to use, does get rather confusing for those just startin...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

you need to register & have separate licences for each DSC radio you have. Correct. But not just for DSC. You have to have a licence for ALL such equipment. From Ofcom: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radiocommunication-licences/online-licensing-service - specifically, under the headin...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

G7AFM wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:28 pm

you only need to register the set if it is DSC capable
Incorrect, sorry.
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: F/glass boat wanted - Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 405

F/glass boat wanted - Scotland

Right. Listen up. A friend wants a sea kayak. What you got? For context, ideally ‘glass, and sub £1,000. She’s currently got a Greenlander with an ocean cockpit and having not used it for a while now finds it (ahem) a bit snug to get into. Clearly these boats shrink if not used 😎 She’s 5’6” and abou...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3228

Re: Is vhf course needed

I know I still need a license I just mean it reads like I do not really need a certificate as in the course to use it, - - - Pathbrae and others have outlined what's what. However, as is usually noted everytime this discussion comes up, there are many people who have a set, use it, and don't hold a...
by MikeB
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1862

Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

Another coach who offers insight to the Falls is Zoe Newsam - and I rather suspect the good folks at Sea Kayak Oban would have thoughts and suggestions. Roland Woolven and Ken Lacy are also well known in the area although I don’t know if they use the Falls much. Iirc Kate Duffus is also familiar. Al...
by MikeB
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1862

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

Thanks Mike that does sound like I could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time then as it was the north pillar I was at, thankfully I wasn't dragged down too deep but I still think that was due to the death grip I had on my kayak lol and it is a 17.5ft boat with bulkheads so has a lot of b...
by MikeB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handheld VHF recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

Re: Handheld VHF recommendations

Don't go the DSC route - get a stand-alone PLB (McMurdo Fastfind or similar) and then either the SH set or the M73 Icom. The M73 has fabulous battery life, but the SH offers the option of usb charging which may be useful.
by MikeB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1862

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

I'd recommend talking to a guy called Hammock who's pretty much the go-to for the Falls. This said, most of the established coaches in the area also know what's what. I mention this as a pal of mine had a very interesting "out of boat" experience involving considerable depth, for a considerable time...
by MikeB
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1418

Re: Kayak trolleys

KCS - good: rugged and dependable. Bad: nothing.
by MikeB
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Re: VHF and training

It doesnt matter.
by MikeB
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 1403

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

I rather suspect it's in part because of the various anti-oxidants and corrosion inhibitors they say are part of the mix. And that those of us who routinely work on vehicles will have it in our stash of goodies, usually those bought in the likes of Halfords. On raking around in the Molyslip website,...
by MikeB
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 1403

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

Excellent! A suggestion - apply some Copaslip to the grub screw before you put it in. Do the same with the other Padloks.