Amateur Radio Activities and Marine VHF Radio

Demonstration on different amateur bands:

For good results you need not only a quality dongle such as the RTL SDR from JaniLab but also a good antenna:

Demonstration how "easy" to reach the International Space Station ISS with a VX-8G.

Special QSL because it is a Happy New Year wish over the ISS:



2 licence is needed, one for driving a motorboat/powerboat/yacht + VHF Marine Radio license
I have a license for power/motor boat, sport boats for example like this:

RYA Powerboat Level 2 / ICC includes checking sessions on personal kit on power boat, the launch and recovery of a boat, picking up a mooring, coming alongside pontoons, turning in a confined space, anchoring, man overboard procedures, high speed manoeuvring, towing and theory lessons on safety kit, weather, GPS, buoyage, basic passage planning and naviagation by chart/map work.
The Powerboat Level Two allowing for driving a powerboat unsupervised with confidence.

Marine VHF Radio Certificate is the qualification required by law to control the operation of marine VHF and marine VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.
All new marine VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels.
Certification covers:
. the basics of radio operation
. the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
. distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
. making ship to shore telephone calls
. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
. Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
. Search and Rescue (SART)

The default channel on Marine VHF operation is Channel 16 (156.800MHz FM modulation) if you are near the sea you can listen this channel with a handheld radio.

An example video taken in Southern Spain:

For more information about Marine VHF and Power Boating sailing you can check out my other website: