Using Club Radios

Updated 7 months ago by IT

Please use the radios. It is important that duty officers can alert each other to any situations, (emergency or information based) that arise.

We have 4 radios and a base station in the galley.

  • One for the race officer.
  • One each for the safety boat officers.
  • One for the officer of the day, when he is on walkabout. If in galley the base station can be used.


  • First switch on the base station, there are 2 plugs on the wall under the kitchen wall cabinets marked radios only. Switch these on. Then switch on the base station itself – the big black round knob.
  • Switch on the handhelds using button on top of radio.
  • To talk press in button on side of radio and speak into the face of the radio, do not put too near your mouth when talking. Let go of the button when waiting for a reply.
  • All radios are tuned to the same frequency and everyone should be able to hear everything that is being communicated.
  • Do a radio check outside the clubhouse away from each other as you will have interference if the radios are too close to the base station.
  • The base station has a simple hand held mike with a button on the side to press when speaking. Ensure all the radios are secured in their bags and wear them around your necks tucked into the top of your buoyancy aid. DO NOT PUT THEM ON THE FLOOR OF THE BOAT. Our radios are submersible, but do not float !
  • At the end of the day dry off the bags if wet and switch the radios off.

Radio Basic Voice Conventions

  • Give your message in your normal voice.
  • Press the talk button and talk, remember to give your name.
  • If you require an answer to your message say 'OVER'
  • When you have finished say 'OUT'.
  • Do not interrupt another transmission. If you have important information relevant to the subject call 'RELEVANT' when the unit talking says 'OVER'.
  • Clear precise messages using the correct procedures can save lives.
Please report any lost, damaged radios to a committee member. If no one else at club, phone a committee member.
Remember the radios are there for safety and to save lives in an emergency, they need looking after.

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