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  When you're stuck in a jam-- whether it's engine failure or a fierce storm approach­ing, a VHF radio can be your lifeline to the world. When visibility is good, simple sig­naling devices may get the attention of boats in the immediate area, but a VHF is the simplest and most effective form of communication. And that's what you really want in an emergency! In areas of Coast Guard jurisdiction, VHFs are monitored 24 hours a day. For extra assurance, the USCG and many marine towing operators can also track a VHF signal. VHFs are handy in an emergency, but there are other uses for VHFs: telephone calls to shore, obtaining supplies and services such as marina reservations, and boat operations like drawbridge openings and communi­cating with commercial and other recreational vessels. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates marine radio traffic and dictates that all other uses are secondary to safety, therefore chatting is frowned upon by the FCC and forbidden on Channel 16.

FCC Licensing

FCC rules require boaters with a VHF radio to monitor Channel 16 continuous­ly when their radio is turned on and not otherwise being used for communications. As of April 1996 an FCC Ship's Station License is no longer required for a VHF radio for recreational boats less than 65' operating in U.S. waters. Most boaters do not need FCC VHF call numbers, and may identify themselves by vessel name.

VHF radio operating rules continue to apply, and violators can still be subject to fines by the FCC. The marine band is monitored by both the FCC and the U.S. Coast Guard and both agencies have sensitive radio direction finders that can track a violator, for instance a false "Mayday" caller.

NOTE: A vessel traveling to a foreign port is required to have a license under international rules. In addition, if you have high-level equipment such as an SSB or Inmarsat C you must obtain a license.


MarineTech NA offers a wide selection of both fixed-mount and handheld VHF radios, so you're sure to find the VHF radio that's right for you!
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