Contrary to some anarchists who would like to see all regulations abolished I am in favor of some form of compulsory basic training for radio operators and boaters. There are a lot of working boats out there and they can't have a channel taken up by people using VHF for private gossip, especially if they choose any free channel they find without regard to their assignation. Believe it or not, some idiots don't even know that channel 16 is reserved for distress calls and hailing. They don't know that once you hail someone on 16 you must then switch channel. Police show watchers insist in using stupid voice procedures like "10-4" and 'Roger That', "over and out" and, things like I heard this summer " halloooo, halloooo is anybody there, we just hit a rock and broke my shaft!" and then didn't even know where he was on the lake ...the water is full of people who think they are driving cars but believe that any form of training is totally unnecessary.