New radio system, John Gollan Day markets and licence testing

Markets are on again during John Gollan Day on January 1 and the Marine Rescue Crowdy Harrington is taking bookings for stalls.
Markets are on again during John Gollan Day on January 1 and the Marine Rescue Crowdy Harrington is taking bookings for stalls.

Marine Rescue Matters

The Marine Rescue Crowdy Harrington new radio system is up and running so here are a few guidelines to help boaties logging on.

Always make sure that you are tuned to VHF channel 16 or 27mHz channel 88 while on the water.

When you log on we have to ask two questions. We have to confirm your boat registration and the last three numbers of the mobile phone that is on the boat on that day, after confirmation continue with log on details.

This is now a requirement of Marine Rescue NSW.

As most radio calls are on VHF radio then 27mHz  frequencies will not be upgraded other than new aerials at the base.

Even though CB members details are registered at the base we still have to do this check as some people go on their mates boat but still use their CB number to log on. This is useless as the number that they quote does not relate to the boat they are going out in and so we would be searching for the wrong boat.

A letter is being sent to all CB members and an advertising campaign is to be broadcast on TV. Feel free to call into the base with any concerns

It’s market day again on New Years Day at the John Oxley Reserve Beach Street, Harrington commencing at 0700, so anyone wishing to have a stall should contact the base on 6556 1564 to register, and insurance is essential.

Boat and PWC licence testing is available at the base on the second Monday evening of each month at 1800.

Please register by leaving your name and contact number at the base by either calling in or phoning 6556 1564. We only supply the test, all study must be done either by the handbook or on line on the maritime section of the RMS website. Handbooks and log books are available from the base

We had no call outs during the month but with this being the Christmas period we are available if required.

Be aware of the changed condition of the river both at Harrington and Farquhar Inlet, particularly at low tide.

One further point, all conversations on VHF radio are now recorded both at our base and headquarters.

Have a Happy Christmas from all at Marine Rescue Crowdy Harrington.

Kevin Nicholls

MRCH