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Guide to using your VHF Marine Radio
VHF Channels for Recreation Boats
VHF Marine Frequencies
Channel    Frequency            Use
(see code)
1                156.050               P
2                156.100               C
3                156.150               C
4                156.200               C
5                156.250               P
6                156.300               I
7                156.350               C
8                156.400               I
9                156.450               C
10               156.500               C
11               156.550               C
12               156.600               P
13               156.650               P
14               156.700               P
15               156.750               P
16               156.800    call/distress
17               156.850               C
18               156.900               C
19               156.950               C
20               157.000               P
21               157.050               G
22               157.100               G
23               157.150               G
24               157.200               T
25               157.250               T
26               157.300               T
27               157.350               T
28               157.400               T
29               157.450              
30               157.500
31               157.550
60               156.025
61               156.075
62               156.125
63               156.175
64               156.225
65               156.275
66               156.325
67               156.375
68               156.425
69               156.475
70               156.525
71               156.575                  P
72               156.625                  P
73               156.675                  P
74               156.725                  P
75               156.775                  C
76               156.825                  C
77               156.875                  C
78               156.925                  C
79               156.975                  C
80               157.025                  C
81               157.075                  G
82               157.125                  G
83               157.175                  G
84               157.225                  T
85               157.275                  T
86               157.325                  T
87               157.375                  T
88               157.425                   I
89               157.475
90               157.525

I=Intership            P=Port Operations
C=Commercial      T=Radio Telephone
G=Coast Guard/Corps of Engineers

Channel 16 is the distress &
calling channel monitored by ALL
Vessels.
Purpose:                              Channel

Distress, Safety                                 16
Safety (ship/ship only)                         6
Calling                                          9, 16
Recreational Use        9, 68-69, 71-72, 78
Marine Operator                 24-28, 84-87
Locks, Canals,
Pilots, Bridges                                   13
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)            70

Channel 16 is the distress & calling    
channel monitored by ALL vessels.
Getting HELP on the Water!
The Marine environment is unforgiving. What may
initially be a minor problem can rapidly develop into
a situation beyond your control. For this reason, let
someone know when you are experiencing minor
difficulties, before your situation turns into an
emergency!
How to signal for HELP
If you are in distress, use "MAYDAY, MAYDAY,
MAYDAY" on the radio. If your situation is not a
distress, simply call "Coast Guard." Channel 16
VHF/FM and 2182khz HF/SSB are dedicated distress
and calling frequencies the Coast Guard monitors at all
times.

If you do not have a radio, attempt to signal a fellow
mariner who can assist or call the Coast Guard for you.
In a distress situation, use flares or any other distress
signaling device to catch the attention of another boater.
What to tell the Coast Guard
When to call back
Keep in contact with the Coast Guard at regular
intervals. Call them when help arrives. If someone
offers help but cannot get to you within a reasonable
time, usually not to exceed one hour, contact the Coast
Guard to arrange other assistance. The Coast Guard
also needs to know if conditions change sufficiently to
cause alarm - for example:
* A medical emergency develops
* A storm approaches
* You begin to take on water
* Your last reported position changes
How to avoid trouble
For your safety and the safety of your passengers
* Take a boating course
* Get a free Courtesy Marine Exam from the Coast
Guard Auxiliary
* File a float plan
* Fill your fuel tanks
* Ensure your boat is properly tuned
* Check your engine compartment for fumes
* Instruct your passengers on basic safety procedures
* Check your safety equipment:
> Radio
> Life Jackets
> Fire Extinguishers
> Anchors & Line
> Basic tools & spare parts
> Flares & sound signal device
> Compass & chart
> Paddle & Bailer
> Lights
THINK SAFETY & practice good seamanship!
While arranging help, the Coast Guard will ask for the
following:
* Your location or position
* Exact nature of the problem
* Number of people on board
* Description of your boat
* Safety equipment on board
* Your boat name and registration
* Any special problems
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