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VHF radio crib sheet or sticker

I would like to place a sticker or laminated sheet near the VHF radio, that shows a summary of calling procedures and frequencies. My local chandlers has other crib sheets for nav rules etc, but not radio. Has anyone seen one for download or for sale?

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I just bought a handheld vhf and the manual had most of what you are looking for.
You can download the manual here http://www.uniden.com/pdf/MHS125om.pdf

A list of US frequencies and channels can be found on page E-23 for example.

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Thanks - was hoping someone would sell a laminated version but I guess I could cut and paste and make my own!
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Wow, that's a good idea for the instructions in a VHF Marine Radio

I made my own last year and taped near the radio and it is part of my new guest orientation.

The one line I don't agree with is repeating your boat name 3X. If you have a name like Tom-Tom or See Sea, examples, it could be very confusing. I would only do boat name once.

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Sounds like a good reason not to call your boat something like Tom-Tom or See Sea. Intelligibility over the radio is an important factor when naming a boat.

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I made my own last year and taped near the radio and it is part of my new guest orientation.

The one line I don't agree with is repeating your boat name 3X. If you have a name like Tom-Tom or See Sea, examples, it could be very confusing. I would only do boat name once.

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Sounds like a good reason not to call your boat something like Tom-Tom or See Sea. Intelligibility over the radio is an important factor when naming a boat.
You would be surprised at what some people name their boats. I find that Powerboaters tend to be a little more "crude" when it comes to boat names.

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Normally you don't need to say your boat's name three times. It's important in distress or urgency situations and when reception is poor, but otherwise it's fine to say it twice or even once. Use your judgement.

I don't see a problem with repetitive names. Speak at a reasonable pace and enunciate and nobody will have trouble recognizing "Tom Tom" or "See Sea". They might spell it wrong when transcribing, but only bureaucrats will care.

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You would be surprised at what some people name their boats. I find that Powerboaters tend to be a little more "crude" when it comes to boat names.
It's getting just as silly with new sailboat owners, you know, the ones who don't wave as they go by.

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Boat name

Or a name like "Blow Me". Hard to imagine the USCG coming to help you after repeat that 3 times.

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