(a) RADIO FREQUENCIES
e.g. in the Sydney area only High Frequency operates effectively.
(b) SKED TIMES
Radio Skeds should be conducted at a maximum of TWO HOUR intervals.
(c) GRID MAPS
All clubs and/or zones are to use a NSWGFA approved grid map for their local areas to be used in all tournaments and point score days, the inclusion of sponsors logos is permitted providing that logo does not obstruct the chart grid system alpha 1, bravo 2 etc.
(d) REPORTING PROCEDURES
On the first sked each day vessels will report the following:
On subsequent skeds, report:
On final sked, report:
(e) FAILURE TO REPORT ON SKEDS
It is mandatory for all vessels to report on each sked.
Failure to report on two consecutive skeds will activate an emergency procedure.
It is recommended that Tournament Committees impose a suitable points penalty if a satisfactory explanation is not given.
(f) EMERGENCY PROCEDURE
In the event of a vessel failing to report on TWO consecutive skeds the base operator will start the emergency procedure.
i. Issue a description of the vessel including all details by radio to tournament vessels.
ii Instruct all vessels near the last known position to start a search of their area.
iii After one hour of tournament vessels searching it is recommended that the Tournament Director notify the local Search and Rescue Authorities of the possible missing vessel and detail all actions taken. The overall responsibility for Search and Rescue in N.S.W. is the N.S.W. Police Service.
iv If a club runs hourly skeds it is suggested that the time frame be shortened to two hours plus one hour search.
(g) VESSEL RESPONSIBILITY
i. Vessels must answer each sked with the required details.
Remember that if TWO skeds are not answered, the emergency procedure will be activated.
VESSEL SKIPPERS/OWNERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THE SAFETY OF THEIR VESSEL AND CREW IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY.
(h) SIGNING OFF
It is mandatory for every vessel to sign off with Radio Base on return to port. A vessel must wait for a reply from the Radio Base to confirm sign off or with the permission of the remaining vessel/s at sea may be transferred to the local V.M.R. base.
(i) RADIO BASE RESPONSIBILITY
It is essential that the Radio Operator (be it on land or a vessel) has a copy of each vessels safety information on hand at all times for reference in case of an emergency.
It is the Host Clubs responsibility to have all required licences in place.
The Radio Base must stay active until all vessels have returned to port. An accurate record of each sked shall be kept (hard copy plus tape recording where possible).
It is recommended that if a vessel/s are still at sea fighting a fish after the last sked the base, when it is clear of sign offs, should contact the vessel/s hourly noting their position in longitude and latitude until signed off.