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Maybe your radio ISN'T working. Do you have a handheld? Can you hear your radio with that?
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Sea-tow has an automated radio check in many states. Here's the info:
Sea Tow: Automated Radio Check Service

It's kinda neat because it sends back to you your own transmission - so if your signal strength is Okay, but you've got noise, or some other problem, you can hear it. (It's not in Maryland yet so I haven't tried it, but we're heading south soon so I get to test it soon.)
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Tried 68 and no response, it's a handheld so the range is a factor. There is a bridgetender about a mile away...
Did you try the high power setting..? I echo the sentiments about the Sea Tow automated services, if available in your area..
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I stand corrected.

In Juan de Fuca I contact the big guys on 13.
Commercial traffic is still very much stating intentions on 13 & 16 but in some areas with little commercial traffic you'll find some bridge tenders monitoring 09, 68, 13 etc...

Our Harbor pilots here in Portland monitor 16 & 11 where I think most pilots in other areas monitor 13 & 16. Our commercial traffic can almost always be hailed on 13, except for lobstermen. Lobstermen in Maine monitor a number of channels namely 6, 8, 72 & 79 depending upon which part of the state you are in...
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i was using a handheld at the time, thanks again for pointing out the automated radio. i guess we recently got one because the last time i checked the closest one was Atlantic City but there is one in Toms River. All worked well and thank you again!
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