The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required
by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective
Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily
fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment
using International channels.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is
vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary
transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC
allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence
(pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase
new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course
or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.
Course topics include:
- 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 Transponder (SART)
The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators.
The exam will also include a short written test.