ORCV Practical, hands-on marine radio workshop.

All sailors, skipper and crew, should be confident to operate the radio equipment on any boat. You never know when you may be called upon to issue that important distress call or coordinate radio communication while your skipper comes to the aid of another vessel. While obtaining your Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency is a very important first step it does not provide the practical experience required to deal with routine radio communications, position reporting skeds, communication with limited coast stations, distress traffic and using the local VHF repeater network. Even general confidence in using a microphone often takes sometime to acquire. The ORCV has developed this hands on workshop to provide new skippers and crew with the opportunity to gain the experience required to operate marine radios with confidence.

Overview.

Participants will rotate through four different sessions in group sizes of approximately 10. Each session will provide all participants with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with various aspects of radio operation including hands on use of simulators and actual radio equipment in the ORCV mobile communications van.

This practical training includes routine communication, fleet postion reporting schedules and distress situations as well as understanding the capability of the ORCV mobile communications van which is used to support our our on-water events.

Outcomes.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will have acquired sufficient knowledge and experience to understand the radio communication protocols and processes which will apply during on-water events and coastal waters cruising.

In particular participants will be able to:

  • Make a Mayday and/or Pan Pan radio call (which includes frequency selection and details of their location and identity)
  • Be able to make a Digital Selective Calling distress alert
  • Be able to radio into Coast Radio Melbourne and other limited coast stations up the east coast on appropriate channels
  • Be able to participate in an ORCV event position reporting sched
  • Get weather forecasts via radio

Who should attend?

Anyone who has a Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Proficiency but hasn't had practical experience using a a marine radio.

An ideal refresher and update on new marine radio technologies such as DSC, VHF Repeaters, HF weather fax, for anyone who obtained their Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Proficiency more than 5 years ago.

Prerequisites

To gain maximum benefit from this hands on workshop you should already hold a Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Australian Maritime College on behalf of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Minimum prerequisite is a thorough knowledge of the Marine Radio Operations Handbook.

What to bring

Notepad and pen or pencil.

Course Outline.

This course provides a series of practical sessions divided into four general topics.

Participants will be divided to four groups of 8 – 10 people and rotate around four activities -

Session A – Live radio sked practical

Session B – Practical Mayday and Digital Selective Calling

Session C – Repeaters, Coast Stations and conditions/frequency selection

Session D – In the van with the HF radio (obtaining weather forecast, weatherfax, doing a radio check)

Assessments

No formal assessment is conducted. Instructors will perform continuous assessment with the objective of ensuring each person completes each of the sessions with a working knowledge of how to participate in that aspect of marine radio communication.

Qualifications

ORCV requires that at least one, and for Category 2 and above events and double handed entries, two members of the crew to hold the relevant certificate of proficiency. In addition is is recommended that at least one of the crew is familiar with ORCV routine communication protocols for position reporting.

Dates, Locations, Times, Duration

Sunday, July 28th 2019

Duration 4.0 hrs

1:30pm - 5:30pm