To use your VHF, turn it on and pick a channel, set the squelch to the point where you don’t hear any white noise, and begin talking. Things to remember when you are on the radio: Monitor channel 16 when you are not actively in conversation with someone else.
What kind of radio do I need for my boat?
The short answer is, yes, you most definitely need a VHF radio or 2-way radio particularly if you boat any significant distance from the shore.
Is a marine radio the same as a CB?
Marine and CB radios are not the same and are used for two similar yet different purposes. CB radios are often used during large emergencies, such as natural disasters, and for traffic concerns. Marine radios (VHF) are used for boating purposes and are typically required on all boats before leaving land.
Is a marine radio required on a boat?
What is a “Marine VHF Radio”? Although not required in recreational boats under 65.5 feet long, a Very High Frequency (VHF) Marine Radio allows instant communication between your boat and other boats, marinas, bridges, and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Can I use a marine radio on land?
That’s illegal. Marine VHF radios, whether fixed or handheld, may not be used on land, period. It’s the law. Once a VHF radio goes ashore, it cannot be used for marine band transmission (without a Coast Station License).
What to know when you are on the radio on a boat?
Things to remember when you are on the radio: Monitor channel 16 when you are not actively in conversation with someone else. While not required for recreational boaters, it is an unwritten rule for radio users. Don’t tie up channel 16 or channel 9.
What are the VHF radio channels for boats?
VHF Marine Radio Channels. Channel 16 is designated as the national distress, safety and calling frequency. All vessels should monitor this channel while underway. When hailing other boats for routine communication, you’ll need to hail them on 16 or 09, and then move to an available working channel, usually 68, 69, 71 or 72.
Where can you talk to someone on a boat?
You can talk to each other from bow to stern, from below to above deck, and more! The range is typically 1-2 miles and is line-of-sight like VHFs and cell phones. They have limited battery power and no emergency channel. They operate in the 460 mHz UHF band between VHF radios and cell phones and transmit at 0.5 watts.
What kind of communications do you use on a boat?
Today’s boaters are faced with many choices for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications. VHFs, cell phones, Family Radio Service radios, CB radios, Single Sidebands, and satellite communications are among the myriad of choices available. Having a Cell Phone on board allows you to keep in touch with land-based people and businesses easily.