Ra­dio help avail­able

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

THE re­cent near-tragedy of a fish­er­man off Perth’s north­ern sub­urbs has high­lighted the im­por­tance of boaters to Log On when ven­tur­ing out and also the need to have an oper­at­ing ma­rine ra­dio.

Man­durah Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue Group is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly aware of the num­ber of peo­ple in­volved in recre­ational boat­ing who do not know how to op­er­ate their ma­rine ra­dios.

Com­pe­tent op­er­a­tion can save the lives of all on board in the event of a mishap.

A Res­cue Group spokesman said one of the most com­mon re­sponses from boaters asked why they used a mo­bile phone rather than a ra­dio was that they did not know how to use them.

He said mo­bile phones had a lim­ited range com­pared to a ma­rine ra­dio; mo­bile phones pro­vided a one-to-one ser­vice while ma­rine ra­dios pro­vided a one-to-many ser­vice.

Man­durah Vol­un­teers Ma­rine Res­cue Group pro­vides monthly in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on Know­ing Your Ma­rine Ra­dio at their Broad­wa­ter Pa­rade head­quar­ters.

The two-hour ses­sions cover dif­fer­ent types of ra­dio, cor­rect op­er­a­tion, cor­rect forms of ra­dio pro­ce­dure and emer­gency ra­dio pro­ce­dure.

The ses­sions are free to hold­ers of Man­durah Ma­rine Res­cue call signs or $15 to non­call sign hold­ers.

Call 9535 4789, 9am-5pm.

Brian Muir shows Gail Sum­mers how to use a ra­dio.

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