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« on: September 08, 2010, 11:05:23 CET »

In the past fisherman used to call Valletta port to make a VHF relay to a land line. I have never used this before but when I tried it (2 weeks ago) I was told that its only for emergencies. So anyone knows why this useful service has been stopped and if there's a possibility to start it again?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 14:56:12 CET »

LOL I tried it a couple of years ago and they laughed at me. It was a service Malta Radio used to offer but with the widespread deployment of mobile phones I think they demised their old relay equipment. It probably wasn't worth investing in new equipment
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 19:23:29 CET »

Thanks Skip but my firends were still using it in the past 1-2 years. Problem is that the mobile is not reliable past 15nm from land and so this service would come very handy when out there.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010, 21:19:37 CET »

Totally agree, I used to use it years ago on my Dads boat due to reception issues and found it very comforting but like I said, it was probably demised due to a lack of use.

PLB or SatPhone! is what remains.
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