Thought I would re-kindle this thread after hearing a request for a radio check on Ch16 about every 3-5 minutes in the Solent yesterday afternoon. Probably all to do with the RTI. NCI listen on 65 and positvely encourage anyone who feels the need for a radio check to use their service rather than coastguard.

https://www.nci.org.uk/stations/solent-marine-vhf

It struck me as particularly ironic that on a day when there are literally thousands of extra vessels in the area, people clog up 16. In amongst the radio check chatter were a number of Pan Pan and maydays.