|The VHF is probably the most important safety equipment on board, therefore it’s essencial to master its operation. |
Ahe VHF-SRC license (Short Range Certificate) is also the minimum certification required by law to operate a VHF or VHF with DSC (Digital Selective Calling).
In order to obtain the legal operator VHF-SRC certificate, beyond the course (class based or online), you have to aprove in the exam. This exam, which is also done in english, has two parts: a written test and a practical competence exam of the use of VHF with DSC.
ProgramThe program includes the following topics:
Operation and basic commands of the VHF;
Frequencies (channels) used in case of mayday, urgency;
Communications Vessel-Earth and Vessel-Vessel;
GMDSS system, EPIRB and SART.
The exam is always done in classroom and at our facilities and has a minimum 1 hour duration, however it should take at least 3 hours to be done. At West Coast, you can schedule your exam at any day of the week. If you have done the shorebased course with us (from 09h00am to 05h00pm) you’re free to do do the exam right on the same day. If you have done by distance learning you must contact us to schedule the day and the presence of the examiner.
The exam goes through the following steps:
Written test (30-45 minutes);
Equipment familiarization (more important if you have done the the online course);
Practical test (with simulators).
Generally, the result is known right after the exam. All the documentation shipping process to the RYA is taken care by us, and the certificate shipment is done by the RYA by post directly to your address.
The written exam consists on a set of questions of multiple choice and development. It can cover any part of the program of the RYA VHF-SRC course.
A. Mayday Communications
1. Define a Mayday Situation;
2. Initiate a DSC alert with manual or automatic position input;
3. Send a Mayday request;
4. Answer appropriately to a DSC mayday alert, including the “Mayday Relay”;
5. Know how to use and activate an EPIRB and SART;
6. Know all the procedures to cancel a mayday alert sent by mistake.
B. Urgency Communications
1. Identify an emergency situation;
2. IInitiate an emergency alert by DSC;
3. Send an emergency message by voice.
C. Safety Communications
1. Identify situations when a Safety message is required;
2. Initiate a safety alert by DSC;
3. Know how to receive information by Navtex.
D. Routine Communications
1. Initiate a routine communication using the DSC;
2. Test the VHF through a voice communication, using the right channels;
3. Register an individual and group MMSI;
4. Know how to keep a DSC watch on the channels by voice;
5. Know how to use the phonetic alphabet.
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