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sorry - I just thought that everyone shouted accross to the boat they wanted to communicate to in the Solent, or used a mobile phone to find out where anyone actually was?
Something to do owith Ch16 being reserved for Sunsail and radiochecks and the working channels being fully occupied by fishmen all day @25watts.
All the above resulting in everyone keeping their units either off or very,very low volume except when they want to transmit!