New radio qualification for marine radio operators
THE Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched a new marine radio Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ) for boaters who use a marine VHF.
Operating the widely-used 27MHz marine radio does not require a qualification but VHF radios are appearing more frequently in smaller offshore craft and the user must possess a qualification to operate one legally.
That qualification has been the internationally recognised commercial ticket, the Certificate of Proficiency, but now ACMA has introduced the simpler and more easily accessible AWQ, available from registered training organisations including local Marine Rescue units and selected TAFE campuses.
The course outlines correct use of each channel, distress and safety procedures, making your messages easily understood - and you'll even learn how to use that DSC button you've always wondered about.