Re: VHF Protocol
If I'm keying up on 16, it's for one helluva good reason. I need the CG to get to me ASAP. The easier I make their job to find me, the better the rescue will go.
Unless your hull is chartreuse with optic maroon polka dots, the name alone distinguishes it from all others. If the name is a plane font, or the state registration alpha-numerics are on both sides of the bow, you can be positively identified.
If however you're the only vessel within ten square miles, the name/registration # becomes less significant - the fact that you can transmit a signal, the better locator.
Assuming you still have battery power to transmit anything...