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Well the boat is ready and Sodus point is where I prefer to launch but I hesitate to go because there are so few others going out now. IF you get into trouble there are so few

people out on the lake you might be hard pressed to get towed in!  I always watch out for other fisherman and have towed a few folks in over the years

What is my point?  Perhaps we should have a board and post our ports and when we are going out and have our marine radios on to CH16  and watch each others backs ?

I plan of getting out soon and I will keep my radio on and you need help just call  Vessel "Low Profile"  I will pull tackle and tow you in !  Dr W 

 

 

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Do most guys keep their radios on ch16? I just put one on my boat and was wondering which channel to stay on. I’ll be out of fair haven Saturday. 

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26 minutes ago, Mrm31790 said:

Do most guys keep their radios on ch16? I just put one on my boat and was wondering which channel to stay on. I’ll be out of fair haven Saturday. 

Set to scan.  Local use channels such as 67 and 69 in my area  plus 16. 

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Good topic. Years ago before EVERYONE had a cell phone there was lots of chatter on the VHF radio. Its very quiet now and personally I don’t like it. The purpose of your VHF is safety. Your supposed to all ways be monitoring 16 even if it’s on scan. We all need to get back to this. Cell phones are not dependable especially on the open lake. I miss the days when I’d get info on the radio to help the days catch. I’ve made some friends on the radio. But # purpose is safety! The radio got me towed in once by CG. Another time by a fisherman 20 years ago and he’s still my friend.Yeah,turn the radio on even if u just leave it on 16.


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Do most guys keep their radios on ch16? I just put one on my boat and was wondering which channel to stay on. I’ll be out of fair haven Saturday. 

It is mandatory to monitor channel 16. It is the emergency and hailing frequency

 

In general, any vessel equipped with a VHF marine radiotelephone (whether voluntarily or required to) must maintain a watch on channel 16 (156.800 MHz) whenever the radiotelephone is not being used to communicate.

 

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The USCG operates a station on a hilltop on the Chautauqua Ridge that monitors VHF radio transmission from western Lake Erie to the St. Lawrence River. Yes, regulations require your radio to monitor Channel 16 at all times for marine safety broadcasts, distress calls, repeat distress calls and personal messages where you switch and answer on another designated frequency. The line of sight FM signals are reached from the high elevation of the hilltop and tower.Also nearby USCG stations operate higher elevation radio towers.

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Thank you all !  

Channel 16 is the hailing and distress frequency  and  Station Rochester and Oswego monitor it as do all USCG stations 

Sad to say but the USCG.Aux is a shadow of what it was in the 1990's - 2000's era  There are still some Auxiliary units in the Genny and Sodus point but no where the numbers we had 20 years ago. [To many lawyers got involved and made it all but impossible to serve like we did] 

 

It is up to us to cover each others back now  in the early season when there are fewer boats out. 

Good fishing !  See you all on the water ~ 

 

Dr W on the vessel "Low Profile"  

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