VHF Radio

VHF Radio 2017-03-19T15:36:56+00:00

Have you got one of these cards? If not, you could be in violation of the law if you use a VHF Radio. The Radio Operator’s Certificate is required to use a Marine VHF Radio.

Did you receive your VHF certification prior to January 2005? You haven’t learned the basics about how to use that DSC funstionality. Take the upgrade and receive your full DSC certification and know how to safely and effectively use this functionality.

The VHF Radio course provides you with the tools and techniques to use the Marine VHF Radio properly. The VHF radio is a lifeline on the water, but it isn’t the same as a telephone. Take the VHF Radio course and learn all you need to know about its importance and how to use it safely and wisely. This course covers proper use of the VHF radio, distress, urgency, and safety communications, use of the phonetic alphabet and more.

What should I look for in a VHF Radio?

  • Marine radio with DSC (transmits position/time if connected to a GPS via NMEA 0183)
  • 25-watt transmit power (5w if hand-held)
  • Switch for low-power 1-watt transmit
  • All legally-allowed International-Canadian-USA channels
  • 10 weather channels
  • Visible transmission indicator
  • Readable display, adjustable backlighting
  • 1-year warranty
  • Hand-held: rechargable NiMH battery is good, but Lithium lasts longer.
  • Hand-held: Battery charger, second battery

Nice to have: 

  • Special key for instant access to favorite channels
  • Dual/Tri-Watch/All-Scan modes
  • Weather alert tone detection
  • Waterproof (good) if handheld, floating (better)
  • Bluetooth sync to cell phone

Maritime Radiotelephone Seminar Outline

Upon successful completion of the exam, a Temporary Operating Certificate will be issued; CPS will later mail a permanent certificate to the student. (Industry Canada has delegated the authority to certify marine radio operators on voluntarily fitted vessels to CPS.)

  • Maritime Mobile Service
    • Radiotelephone Operator’s Restricted Certificate (Maritime)
    • Radio Station License
    • Authorities: Industry Canada, ITU, Coast Guard
    • Radio Station Requirements: records and monitoring
    • Required and Recommended Documents
    • Secrecy of Communications
    • International Distress, Safety and Calling Frequencies
    • Propagation and the Transmitter Power Switch
  • Procedures
    • Use (and misuse) of Marine Radio
    • Radio Operation, Word Spelling (Phonetic Alphabet), etc.
    • Procedural Words and Phrases
    • Calling Procedure
    • Simplex and Duplex Operation
    • Choice of Frequencies
    • Control of Communication
    • Priorities
  • Distress Communications
    • Priority
    • Frequencies to be used
    • Distress Signal
    • Distress Call
    • Distress Message – examples
    • Acknowledging and Relaying a Distress Message
    • Control of Distress Traffic
    • Imposition of Silence
    • Cancellation of Distress
  • Urgency Communications
    • Priority
    • Frequencies to be Used
    • Urgency Signal
    • Urgency Message
    • Cancellation of Urgency
  • Safety Communications
    • Priority
    • Safety Signal
    • Procedures
  • Additional Information
    • Alarm Signals
      • Radiotelephone Alarm Signal
      • Navigational Warning Signal
      • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
      • Emergency Position Indicating Buoy (EPIB)
    • General Electrical and Electronic Information
    • Alternative Radio Services
  • Distress Simulations
    • Distress Call and Message
      • Acknowledgment of Mayday by CG Radio
      • Distress Relay
      • Acknowledgment/Assist by other station
      • Distress Traffic
      • Impose Silence by Controlling Station
      • Impose Silence by Another Station
      • Distress Traffic on Scene
      • Cancellation of Distress by Controlling Station
  • Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
    • GMDSS Equipment
    • Maritime Safety Information
    • GMDSS Sea Areas
    • Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Communications and Traffic Services Centers
    • Operator Proficiency