NoR Appendix C – Satellite Phone, Radios & Installation requirements
The following requirements add to the requirements of the AS Special Regulations Part 1 for Category 2 races.
1. All boats shall carry a functional Satellite Phone that has message receiving capability and has coverage for the duration of the race and will either be connected to mains power or have a spare battery.
All phones must be capable of sending and receiving SMS Text messages and telephone calls.
The telephone number for the Satellite Phone must be submitted in the Boats Entry Form and details of the phone submitted on the Satellite Phone Declaration Form available on the event website.
2. All boats shall have installed VHF radios which must be capable of transmitting and receiving on:
VHF – Channels 16, 19, 22, 67 (Weather/Navigation Warnings), 72, 73, 77, 78, 80 and 81.
Emergency aerials (VHF) are required, and they must have their mounting brackets and cabling permanently installed.
Boats shall provide the OA a valid Radio Inspection Certificate (VHF) certified by a Marine Electrician or qualified Radio Technician, to verify the adequacy of the installation and operation of the radio.
Boats sailing shorthanded must carry an extra portable VHF radio receiver / transmitter or an extension speaker near the helming station.
3. All boats must carry a fully charged mobile phone (3G or 4G), with the number submitted in the Boat’s Entry Form with the Organising Authority.
4. Boats using HF Radios as a means of emergency communication in addition to the boats Satellite Phone and VHF radio must be capable of transmitting and receiving on:
HF - Channels 4125khz, 4483khz, 6215khz, 6516khz, 8176khz (Weather/Navigation Warnings), 8291khz or 12290kHz during day light hours and Distress and calling frequencies.
Emergency aerials (HF) are required, and they must have their mounting brackets and cabling permanently installed.
Boats using HF Transmitters shall provide the OA with a valid Radio Inspection Certificate (HF) certified by a Marine Electrician or qualified Radio Technician, to verify the adequacy of the installation and operation of the radio.
Pre-race: Satellite Phone check & HF Radio check
All Boats must carry out a pre-race Satellite Phone check between 28th December 2016 and 1st January 2017 with the Race Committee.
The boat Owner or Person-in-Charge shall contact the Race Committee by sending a text message to +61 427 477 854, stating the boats name, sail number and skippers name, if received a reply of “Received” will be sent to the phone number (note the number used MUST be the one listed under Satellite phone in the Boats Entry form and on its Satellite Phone Declaration form.
Boats using HF radios for emergency communications must carry out a pre-race radio check between 27th December 2016 and 1st January 2017 with Charleville Radio (managed by Kordia). All such boats shall carry out their pre‐race Radio check on 4125, 6215, 8291 kHz or 12290 kHz during day light hours.
The boat owner or person in charge shall first make contact with Kordia by telephone prior to testing on 02 6230 7463.
A minimum of 3 x 3 strength/readability on two of the radio frequencies must be met for the Kordia operator on shift to pass the radio check.
During the Race
Boats must maintain a 24-hour listening watch for the duration of the race on VHF Channel 16.
For radio communications, a boat’s name may be abbreviated to no more than two words. The Race
Committee may alter boat names, where appropriate, for radio and satellite phone communications.