Be loved, be famous.
Volunteer as a coordinator – as easy as a phone call to a friend.
Below is a suggested crib-sheet.
Morning. My name is < > from the yacht < >. Welcome to the Almerimar VHF Net for The purpose of this net is to share information about the marina and surrounding area. First of all is there any emergency or priority traffic? Come in now please OVER. (If nothing heard then continue)
Radio Check, please. OVER (Not really necessary but proves at least one person is listening and saves you feeling lonely)
I am your net co-co-coordinator for today. You’re very welcome to join in; please give your name and boat name and wait to be recognised……. So welcome to all listeners … are there any new arrivals to the marina…is anybody leaving? OVER
(Try to make the new arrivals feel welcome; ask them where they come from, how long they are staying and so on and sad farewells to those leaving.)
Does anybody require local knowledge; in the marina or in El Eijdo; shops, doctors, dentist, lawn mower repair shops, bus time tables, marriage guidance councillors etc OVER
(Feel free to ask any other listeners to come in and help)
Does anybody require a lift? Can anybody offer a lift? OVER
The next item “Treasures of the Bilge” Anybody needing anything or wants to dispose of anything. Does anybody need to borrow tools or need technical assistance?
Social Events (See enclosed sheet, but always ask if anybody has suggestions – barbecues, parties, sailing days etc
Weather (for variety get a forecast from someone else. Try occasionally to get a barometer consensus – shows you may have more people listening than you think)
Is there any other business, thoughts for the day, jokes, anecdotes, moans and complaints, even praise? Come in now please OVER
11 Your net co-coordinator for tomorrow is (See List) Thank you for listening, this is < > standing by on 67 for the next xxx minutes
Notes If, as often happens there is traffic on 67 move to 68
Always try to get other people to join in as much as possible.
This crib is in my talking style – feel free to change it to suit your personality.
Try to avoid direct advertising on the net. Grey areas obviously do exist.
Any real problems take a big stick and whack somebody……
No mention that it is rumoured that some people run a taxi service to the airport…if you want to share this information you must speak to them privately not on VHF
If you don’t have a printer call around to yacht DriKe, pantalan 1, berth 116 and I’ll print you a copy.
Chris Southwood …