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Canadian radios appear to use Canadian frequencies. My VHFs (an ICOM base unit and two Standard Horizon handhelds) have VHF band choices of "USA", "CAN", and "INTL". The "INTL" frequencies are definitely different, but I couldn't tell you if (or why) there is a difference between "USA" and "CAN". Obviously, there is either crossover or dual transceiving on the "official" channels, because not only do I hear occasional U.S.C.G. "pan-pans" on the "Canadian" Ch. 16, but I also receive American automated WX broadcasts as I move down the lake and closer to Rochester (where I assume this stuff is transmitted).
Hmmm...
They appear to be taking that sovereignty thing a little too seriously up in the north 40...
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...(do people really say "roger" and/or "over", etc?).
Some do. I would. Btw: When you're done w/the conversation, it's not "over and out," it's just "out." "Over and out" is a Hollywood-ism.

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.Does the USCG get ticked if you ask for a radio check on CH16?
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I would like to be sure it actually works on that channel, since that is a major reason for getting it.
If it transmits/receives on other channels, and it receives properly on CH 16, the odds of it not transmitting on CH 16 are so slim as to be of no concern. (I'd have written "impossible," but I've learned nothing, no matter how unlikely, is impossible.) However, if you want to make sure, just call another boat on CH 16, which is allowable, and do the old switcheroo routine, like normal.

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Jim, especially if the handheld will be your only radio, look into getting an Ewa Pouch or similar waterproof pouch for it. Or, at least take some ziplock bags along. No matter what the radio maker claims, sooner or later you will need to use the radio when it is raining--and sooner or later the rain will find a way to get into the radio.

Also a lanyard, it there is a provision for tying one on. Makes it mucher to drop the radio on your toes (ouch) deck (something will break) or overboard (MARPOL violation < G > ).
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For a radio check, you can break into another conversation. Not a great thing to do... but if you wait for a decent time and say Break Break... This is ABCD...any station for a radio check. You might get an answer... if they are pissed and they can hear you and they want to respond.

Checking you radio is a prudent thing to do. You can also do a check from your fixed mount to your hand held. Not great for range.. but at least you know that a signal is getting out.

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Donīt worry, everything was regulated long time ago.

[QUOTE=SEMIJim;186487]Some do. I would. Btw: When you're done w/the conversation, it's not "over and out," it's just "out." "Over and out" is a Hollywood-ism.

Extract from IMO Res. A.474 (XII), Guidline on the use of VHF at sea:
2.2.8 During exchange of messages, a ship should invite a reply by saying "over".
2.2.9 The end of a communication is indicatd by the word "out".


[QUOTE=SEMIJim;186487] As noted: It's discouraged.

Quote GMDSS regulations: "VHF,MF and HF test calls should be in accordance with the ITU-R M.493 and the call may be acknowledged by he called station. Normally there would be no further communication between the two stations involved."
Means the call should be transmitted only to a specifically selected station.
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