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rikhall 07-24-2011 08:54 PM

Pet Peave - Non lethal, just annoying
 
Ahoy

Been on the boat for just over a week now and I had totally forgotten how annoying this Pet Peave of mine is:

VHF Radio communications to a Harbor Master / Marina or to the next boat 40 feet away -

put it on LOW POWER you idiot!

(ooops sorry - that was a bit strong) I really do not want to hear someone calling the Camden Harbor Master for permission to dock when I am sitting in Belfast.

OK - Over to you . . .

Rik

erps 07-24-2011 09:12 PM

Just south of Nanaimo is a pass called Dodd Narrows. For some reason, it's become the custom to announce to the world that you're going to go through. Clear out in the middle of the Strait of Georgia you can hear the chatter of the boats saying they're going through, so a good portion of them gotta have the radio set to 25 watts transmit power.

Yeah, transmitting on high power bugs me too.

Maine Sail 07-24-2011 09:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rikhall (Post 753936)
Ahoy

Been on the boat for just over a week now and I had totally forgotten how annoying this Pet Peave of mine is:

VHF Radio communications to a Harbor Master / Marina or to the next boat 40 feet away -

put it on LOW POWER you idiot!

(ooops sorry - that was a bit strong) I really do not want to hear someone calling the Camden Harbor Master for permission to dock when I am sitting in Belfast.

OK - Over to you . . .

Rik

Mine too!! I've ranted about this many times here and elsewhere. On Saturday I was picking up a guy, name of the boat Kokomo, hailing the Tug Boat Marina in Boothbay Harbor. He was loud and clear in FALMOUTH!!!!!:mad:

jrd22 07-25-2011 12:18 AM

Ray- If they didn't broadcast on 25W how would everyone that's going to go through Dodd the next day know about when slack was going to be? g
Hope you and Sandy had a great vacation.

capecodda 07-25-2011 12:23 PM

Me too
 
"Do you have a mooring for the night?"
"________ harbormaster, this is..."
"get me some ice on B dock"

all at 25 watts,

We can hear that on Vineyard Sound from Nantucket, the Vineyard, the Cape, and RI.

Tim R. 07-25-2011 01:31 PM

I may be guilty of this. I leave my radio on ch16/25w for emergency purposes. Sometimes I forget to switch to low power when hailing.

I think letting your kids play with the radio on 16 trumps the high power thing.

Maine Sail 07-25-2011 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by treilley (Post 754156)
I may be guilty of this. I leave my radio on ch16/25w for emergency purposes. Sometimes I forget to switch to low power when hailing.

I think letting your kids play with the radio on 16 trumps the high power thing.

Yes but at least you hail then immediately switch to another channel as you're supposed to.

pinayreefer 07-25-2011 03:09 PM

Ahhh.... so there's like a switch for Hi--Lo power? :D
Fortunately I've never hailed the guy at the adjacent slip for spare ice.
On my delivery the broker called the USCG that we were overdue (yea, due to not having the SPOT connect work) and we got a call from them (loud and clear) in St. Petersburg and we were right off Panama City Beach, nearly 250 miles away. What wattage were they using? I shudder to think what might have happened if I hadn't answered.


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