Radio procedures - Sailability Sunshine Coast Queensland

ICOM Marine VHF Radio P&P
During each SSCQ sailing session the full complement of VHF Transceivers are to be used
as part of our Safety Policy and Procedures.
To use a SSCQ VHF Marine Transceiver the operator must:
 Hold A Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency
 Check the transceiver is set on channel 77 before your first transmission
Observe calling procedures and etiquette
Listen out before transmitting
Note that the radio does not start transmitting the instant you push the push-to-talk, you
need to have a short delay between when you push the button and start talking.
Use calling procedures
<station you are calling>repeated at least twice
THIS IS <your callsign> repeated at least twice
For instance:
o Sailability One, Sailability One, Sailability One
this is
o Pontoon, Pontoon, Pontoon
o over
Wait for the reply
o once the contact is established station names should be spoken once
o to end contact the word out should be used
Sailability One
Sailability Two
o dinghies use Sailability <hull colour>
Our conversations can be monitored and we should use correct VHF radio etiquette on
initial contact with each conversation conducted.
Transceiver Settings are preset
o Turn on and Check Auto channel setting 77
o Auto volume setting
o Auto squelch setting
Transceiver Distribution
1 x Sailability One
1 x Sailability Two
1 x OOD
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ICOM Marine VHF Radio P&P
1 x Pontoon
8 x Dinghy skippers (short lanyard only)
We have sufficient two-way radios to enable every boat and the necessary shore stations to
carry one.
There are a few simple guidelines to follow in order to avoid confusion and to not misplace
them at the end of the day. We used to lose at least one for a while after sailing when we
had five but now we have thirteen to keep a track of!
 Each radio used in the dinghies is the responsibility of the SAILOR attached to it
and NOT the dinghy.
 The eight new yacht radios have short lanyards and they must be attached to the
buckle of the lifejacket. If you swap with another skipper give them the radio and
make sure he/she clips it on to their lifejacket. DO NOT LEAVE IT IN THE BOAT. If
you are not passing it over put it back on the bracket in the shed.
 The eight yacht radios are stored on one wooden bracket in the shed so that
when they are all there they take up the full length of it and it can be seen at a
glance if one is missing.
 They should be either on the bracket or attached to a person at all times.
How to Operate
They are locked on channel 77 and that should come up on the screen when first switched
on. Familiarise yourself with the on/off switch and if in doubt ask someone who knows
about them such as Rowan, any retired airline pilot or air-traffic controller hanging around
or someone you know has owned a keeler or launch in their past or present Life.
NEVER USE ONE WITHOUT GOOD REASON such as a radio-check or a necessary operational
matter. Keep messages short and think about what you want to say before pressing the
Talk-button. Wait one to two seconds after pressing the button to begin talking.
Other people may be listening and using the channel we are on so keep that in mind and
remember that frivolous chatter is very Bad Manners in Radio-land. We do not need to
arouse the ire of The Authorities!
Unless you are proficient in the use of modern VHF radios do not touch any of the buttons
except the On/Off or Talk-button. Especially do not touch the round knob on the top which
looks like the volume control but is the water-proof plug for the charger. These radios can
do a lot of tasks we will never use. The instruction manual (of which we have thirteen
copies) runs to twenty-seven pages and anyone is most welcome to borrow one to see what
they are all about.
Our call stations are: Sailability One (the rubber duckie), Sailability Two ( the tinnie ),
Pontoon, Shed and sometimes OOD.
Each dinghy is identified by the callsign Sailability <hull colour>.
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