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Join Date: Jan 2007
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A reason for the frequent and numerous radio checks is that a lot of people are in chartered, or Sailtime boats. That is, they are sailing boats that are not their own. These people are not intimately familiar with the equipment, or it's operational state. Therefore, they test the radio with a radio check.
They should, however, be preforming the checks on channel 9. The only problem with channel 9 is that people typically do not respond...
The SeaTow Radio check is a great idea, and I had used it on Ch 24 in Barrington, RI, (where I keep my boat) several times this spring when I was replacing much of my coax. However, when I have tried it recently, either my radio has completely crapped out, or the system has been turned off. It has been like this since June 1. Thus, I go to channel 9, where no one responds...