As the 2019 UK sailing season approaches, members are reminded that the MCA have confirmed that radio checks with HMCG should not be a first resort as it ties up the air and increases operator workload.
RATS’ recommendation is that radio checks should be carried out primarily with marinas and other shore stations or with other vessels. In England and Wales, National Coastwatch Institution shore stations are usually well placed for such calls which should be made on Channel 65 (e.g. Rame Head NCI. This is vessel Hanson. Radio check please. Over).