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South Coast: VHF Radio Course (Now Full)

4th February 2018


VHF Licence but no spice rack! In October last year after four years bouncing around the Solent on our 1972 Centaur Sally B we upgraded to a Konsort named Peace. After the first month with more space than we knew what to do with my wife Natalie realised that this boat really could be home from home and filled the poor girl to the gunwales. Storage space was getting low, so Natalie started to look at items we didn’t need. Eyeing our VHF, she asked if that space would be better used as a spice rack! After all she had a point, our mobile phone had served us well with marinas and friends for the past four years. I rarely win an argument in our give and take marriage but when I was told “use it or lose it” I figured a licence was in order.

Step forward Mike Neal from the South Coast Group who had kindly organised a VHF training day with Emsworth School of Navigation. I received an RYA tutorial on all things VHF and read through the home work sections. All was very clear other than having a mental block with my phonetic alphabet. I have listened to family members saying “Roger” for years. Roger has long since fallen out of favour and been replace by the more sophisticated character “Romeo” whom I cannot remember as I don’t know anybody by that name.

On a lovely sunny Sunday in February I met up with seven other WOA members at Emsworth School of Navigation. Mike Neal was on hand to welcome us to the course and then left us in the very capable hands of Karen and Mike from the school. Over the day we were taught everything we would need. How to help in a mad day situation and when to shut up! Also, DSC isn’t short for “Doesn’t Stand a Chance” but Digital Selective Calling.

We all passed the course with flying colours and look forward to meeting up out in the Solent soon. More importantly for me I now need to attend a Diesel engine course as Natalie has her eyes on the engine bay to install a chest freezer!

Chris Ridgeon


4th February 2018
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Mike Neal


Emsworth School of Navigation
Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road
Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 8BP United Kingdom
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