Taken from the beginning: A colleague had both a maritime radio license, and an amateur radio license, and went to sea to improve his skills. He was, perhaps, more amateur than professional, and could be said to have a "Deficit," in his traffic handling capabilities. The following explains all...
"On June 15'th I went to Rotterdam and went on board the M/S ..... " as radio operator. Shortly after leaving Rotterdam I called Norddeich Radio on VHF Channel 16 for a conversation. (Channel 16 is the international calling and emergency frequency for maritime on VHF. Frequency 156.8 mHz.)
Regrettably I received no answer. More distant calls brought no response. After about 45 minutes I finally received an answer: Go to Channel 00, that is the s--t house. I went to Channel 00 and heard no answer. I wish to complain about the rude working manners and attitude from Norddeich Radio, and why my former calls were not heard."
The condition of a colleagues attitude is naturally not possible to know, but it is wholly clear that:
1. Normally from the
river Schelde near Rotterdam, on VHF a direct connection with Norddeich
Radio is not possible.
2. The answer, "Go to Channel 00, that is the s--t house," obviously came from a German ship in the neighborhood, whose operator
was annoyed by the sensless long calls.
3. Use of Channel 00 was technically illegal, not being an assigned maritime frequency.
That was the story from channel