BEYOND THE BAY OVERNIGHT EVENT
For the coming Beyond The Bay Overnight Event we will be using VHF radio for communication ( but a good idea to bring your mobile phone too!) , which except for the finishing legs into Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club will take advantage of the repeater on Arthur’s Seat operating on VHF Chanel 82. This repeater operates in duplex mode meaning that it transmits and receives on different frequencies (as opposed to the more usual VHF simplex mode where both transmission and reception occur at the same frequency. There are two checks that you need to in advance of the event.
- Check that your radio is set up to operate in “International” mode. This is critical to ensure that your radio is also set up to transmit and receive on the correct two duplex mode frequencies when set to channel 82. There are some parts of the world where the channel frequencies are differenct but in Australia we operate in Intenational mode.
- Check that your radio is in good shape before the event since it is the main means of keeping in touch with the event management . A good test is to select channel 82, set the radio for low power and depress and release the microphone talk button. On releasing it you should hear a splash of noise telling you that the repeater has heard you and you have heard back from it. This is great test of most aspects of your radio’s performance and should catch most of the common problems and a good test to do routinely on your VHF radio. If it does not work for you, call your favourite marine radio technician! Don’t forget to set your radio back to high power after the test too!
- And don’t forget to switch to VHF 71 as you approach the event finish.