VHF Use: Paddlers Carrying a VHF Required to Monitor 16

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VHF Use: Paddlers Carrying a VHF Required to Monitor 16

Post by krudave »

Porting this over from another thread. Many thanks to acrosome for bringing this up.

acrosome,

I'm dead wrong in the US on the legal requirement to maintain a watch on Channel 16, and you are absolutely correct. Many thanks for updating the old, crusty ones, here! Following is the pertinent language, emphasis added by me; the requirement for recreational vessels to watch 16 apparently arose in 2004, and I missed it. The following is from this site: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/watch.htm

U.S. recreational vessels not required to carry radios, but if they do, they must be turned on and set to channel 16
Vessels not required to carry a VHF marine radio (e.g. recreational vessels less than 20m length and commercial vessels under 100 GT carrying less than 6 passengers), but which voluntarily carry a radio, must maintain a watch on channel 16 (156.800 MHz) whenever the radio is not being used to communicate. Effective 2004 if a radio is carried, it must be turned on and set to channel 16 whenever the vessel is underway.

Source: FCC 47 CFR 80.310

U.S. vessels required to carry a marine radio
U.S. vessels required to carry a VHF marine radio, such as commercial fishing vessels, must maintain a watch on channel 16 (156.800 MHZ) while underway whenever the radio is not being used for exchanging communications.

Source: FCC 47 CFR 80.148


I know for a fact this requirement is widely ignored, even by power boaters, who do not have the battery life issues we do.

I do not know if the Canadian marine regs on VHF watch have changed.
Dave Kruger
Astoria, OR
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VE3JC John

Post by VE3JC John »

(as posted on another thread) Canadian Regulations (as per RIC-23) are a bit more pragmatic: "When at sea, ships voluntarily fitted with radiotelephone equipment shoudl endeavour to keep watch on the frequency 156.800 MHz (ch 16 VHF) to the greatest practicable extent"

Bazzer

Post by Bazzer »

A lot of VHF handhelds have a triple watch function where they will monitor 9, 16 and a weather channel. I am about to purchase one that also has DSC.

Barry

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